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Spatial disparities in the European agriculture: a regional analysis

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  • Roberto Ezcurra
  • Belen Iraizoz
  • Pedro Pascual
  • Manuel Rapun

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This article examines the territorial imbalances in European agriculture during the period 1980 to 2001, by means of the information provided by various methodological instruments which allow us to overcome the drawbacks of conventional convergence analysis. The results obtained reveal that the regional distribution of productivity in the agricultural sector is characterized by the presence of positive spatial dependence. This fact implies that the European regions in close spatial proximity register similar levels of the variable under study, which highlights the relevance of geographical location in this context. The empirical evidence presented also shows that regional disparities have remained almost constant during the time interval considered. However, the increase in density around the European average explains the observed reduction in the degree of bipolarization, while intra-distribution mobility is relatively limited. Finally, the analysis carried out allows us to assess the role of variables such as country of origin, investment per worker in the agricultural sector, regional per capita income or the size of the agrifood industry, in explaining the dynamics of the distribution under analysis.

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  • Roberto Ezcurra & Belen Iraizoz & Pedro Pascual & Manuel Rapun, 2008. "Spatial disparities in the European agriculture: a regional analysis," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(13), pages 1669-1684.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:40:y:2008:i:13:p:1669-1684
    DOI: 10.1080/00036840600905175
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    1. Fennell, Rosemary, 1997. "The Common Agricultural Policy: Continuity and Change," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780198288572.
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    1. Cuerva, Maria C., 2012. "Evolución de la productividad agraria en las regiones europeas: un análisis de convergencia con métodos de panel dinámicos," Economia Agraria y Recursos Naturales, Spanish Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 12(1).
    2. Fatih Celebioglu & Sandy Dall’erba, 2010. "Spatial disparities across the regions of Turkey: an exploratory spatial data analysis," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 45(2), pages 379-400, October.
    3. Andrés González-Moralejo, Silvia & Soldado Llorens, Mº José, 2012. "Contribución de las variables que estimulan la producción agraria en España (1990-2009)/Analyse of the Main Variables Which Better Contribute to the Agricultural Production in Spain (1990-2009)," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 30, pages 367(24)-367, Abril.
    4. CHRISTOFAKIS, M. & GKOUZOS, Andreas, 2013. "Regional Specialization And Efficiency Of The Agricultural Sector In Greece: The Relationship With Regional Funding Allocation," Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 13(1), pages 119-130.
    5. Maria Carmen Cuerva, 2011. "Dynamics of European agricultural productivity: An analysis of regional convergence," Review of Agricultural and Environmental Studies - Revue d'Etudes en Agriculture et Environnement, INRA Department of Economics, vol. 92(3), pages 237-258.

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