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Regional Convergence in Productivity and Productive Structure: The Spanish Case


  • Juan R. Cuadrado-Roura

    (Department of Applied Economy, University of Alcalá, Spain,

  • Begoña García-Greciano

    (Department of Economic Analysis, Complutense University and FIES Foundation, Spain)

  • José Luis Raymond

    (Department of Economic Analysis, Autonomous University of Barcelona and FIES Foundation, Spain,


This article analyzes the evolution of regional differences in Spain and emphasizes the importance of a disaggregate analysis at a sectoral level. In particular, the authors observe convergence in productivity at the aggregate regional level but not at the sectoral level. Aggregate convergence seems to be due to the gradual homogenization of regional productive structures. This result may modify some of the conclusions drawn in the recent literature regarding the mechanisms that have generated convergence. In addition, we examine the so-called beta convergence hypothesis using a fixed-effects model. The results show the importance of regional specificity captured by the fixed effects and have implications that are very different from those of beta convergence analyses with cross-section data.

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  • Juan R. Cuadrado-Roura & Begoña García-Greciano & José Luis Raymond, 1999. "Regional Convergence in Productivity and Productive Structure: The Spanish Case," International Regional Science Review, , vol. 22(1), pages 35-53, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:inrsre:v:22:y:1999:i:1:p:35-53

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