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Structural Change And Economic Convergence Across The Eu-15 Regions: Can The Agricultural Sector Play a Role?

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Economic and agricultural convergence across the EU regions has for a long time attracted the attention of economists and more so in the recent decade following the EU enlargement. Empirical contributions have referred explicitly or implicitly to the Solows model of economic growth testing absolute and conditional b-convergence. The recent literature suggests that the prevailing neoclassical and sectoral approach is not suitable to face the implication of structural change on economic convergence whose understanding is key within the current process of significant marginalization of agriculture and partly of industry in favour of the service sector. In this context the aim of the paper is the understanding the size and evolution of this change, the way in which it has affected aggregate economic convergence and if the agricultural sector has influenced the process despite its small and decreasing contribution to total GDP comparing the results from the neoclassical and Paci, Pigliaru approach

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  • Sassi, Maria, 2007. "Structural Change And Economic Convergence Across The Eu-15 Regions: Can The Agricultural Sector Play a Role?," 81st Annual Conference, April 2-4, 2007, Reading University 7961, Agricultural Economics Society.
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    1. Yanqing Jiang, 2010. "An empirical study of structural factors and regional growth in China," Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 8(4), pages 335-352.
    2. Aleksejs Melihovs & Igors Kasjanovs, 2011. "The Convergence Processes in Europe and Latvia," Discussion Papers 2011/01, Latvijas Banka.

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    Agricultural and Food Policy; International Development;

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