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Another Look at Regional Convergence in Greece

The present paper examines regional convergence in Greece using g - and † -convergence concepts as well as Markov chain analysis for a NUTS-3 classification. The g -concept indicates convergence at the rate 2% (1971-81) and 4% (1982-93). Markov chain analysis, however, provides strong evidence in favour of club formation, duality and polarization for Greek regions for the 1971-93 period. It also indicates the presence of structural change in the regional distribution of income. However, structural change was not strong enough to stop the polarization process. Employant les concepts de convergence g - et † - ainsi qu'une analyse du type Markov pour une classification NUTS-3, cet article cherche a examiner la convergence regionale en Grece. Le concept g - laisse voir une convergence a raison de 2% (de 1971 a 1981) et de 4% (de 1982 a 1993). Cependant, a partir d'une analyse du type Markov, tout indique l'etablissement de clubs, la dualite et la polarisation des regions grecques de 1971 a 1993. Il indique aussi le changement structurel de la distribution regionale du revenu. Toujours est-il que le changement structurel n'a pas ete suffisamment important pour empecher le processus de polarisation. Der vorliegende Aufsatz untersucht regionale Konvergenz in Griechenland sowohl mit Hilfe von g - und f - Konvergenzkonzepten als auch der Markovschen Kettenanalyse mit dem Ziel, eine NUTS-3 Klassifizierung zu erstellen. Das g -Konzept lasst auf eine Konvergenzrate von 2% (1971-81) und 4% (1982-93) schliessen. Die Markovsche Kettenanalyse liefert jedoch uberzeugende Beweise, dass griechische Regionen im Zeitraum 1971-1993 zu Zusammenlegung, Dualitat und Polarisierung neigten. Sie deuteten auch auf das Auftreten eines Strukturwandels der regionalen Einkommensverteilung hin, obschon er nicht stark genug war, dem Polarisierungsprozess Einhalt zu gebieten.

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Volume (Year): 36 (2002)
Issue (Month): 6 ()
Pages: 603-609

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