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Spatial Analysis of Economic Convergence

In: Palgrave Handbook of Econometrics


  • Sergio J. Rey
  • Julie Gallo


This chapter reviews some of the major econometric models, approaches and issues related to the spatial dimensions of economic convergence and inequality. Key themes concern the implications of spatial dependence (autocorrelation) and heterogeneity for the specification, estimation, and interpretation of convergence models on the one hand and, on the other, the treatment of these spatial effects in the analysis of distributional dynamics and the application of related exploratory data analysis methods. We draw linkages between recent contributions in the mainstream econometric literature and developments in spatial econometrics and regional science We identify a number of areas where cross-fertilization between these fields would be beneficial.

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  • Sergio J. Rey & Julie Gallo, 2009. "Spatial Analysis of Economic Convergence," Palgrave Macmillan Books, in: Terence C. Mills & Kerry Patterson (ed.), Palgrave Handbook of Econometrics, chapter 27, pages 1251-1290, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:palchp:978-0-230-24440-5_27
    DOI: 10.1057/9780230244405_27

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