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Convergence in the Spanish and Portuguese NUTS 3 regions: An exploratory spatial approach


  • Miguel Viegas
  • Micaela Antunes


Since their accession to the European Union in 1986, both Portugal and Spain have benefited from strong financial support. Both countries have experienced considerable growth in income per capita, converging towards average European levels. However, several studies suggest a high degree of persistence of regional asymmetries within the countries. This paper empirically analyses convergence among NUTS 3 regions of the Iberian Peninsula between 1995 and 2008. The results reveal divergent national trends and indicate no evidence of catching-up effects among the poorest regions, confirming the existence of economic clusters. Copyright ZBW and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

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  • Miguel Viegas & Micaela Antunes, 2013. "Convergence in the Spanish and Portuguese NUTS 3 regions: An exploratory spatial approach," Intereconomics: Review of European Economic Policy, Springer;ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics;Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), vol. 48(1), pages 59-66, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:intere:v:48:y:2013:i:1:p:59-66
    DOI: 10.1007/s10272-013-0445-z

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