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Convergence among EU Regions (1990-2001): Quality of National Institutions and "Objective 1" Status

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  • Francisco Torres

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  • Miguel Lebre de Freitas

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  • Filipa Pereira

    (Departamento de Economia e Gestão Industrial, Universidade de Aveiro)

Abstract

This article focuses on convergence in terms of output per working-age person across regions in the European Union for the period 1990-2001. Controlling for the quality of national institutions, we investigate whether the status of “objective 1” region improves the speed of convergence as compared to what would be expected, given the regions’ initial conditions. We find evidence of conditional convergence among EU regions, with the quality of national institutions having a positive impact, but no evidence on a correlation between the eligibility for objective 1 and faster convergence.

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  • Francisco Torres & Miguel Lebre de Freitas & Filipa Pereira, 2003. "Convergence among EU Regions (1990-2001): Quality of National Institutions and "Objective 1" Status," Working Papers de Economia (Economics Working Papers) 04, Departamento de Economia, Gestão e Engenharia Industrial, Universidade de Aveiro.
  • Handle: RePEc:ave:wpaper:042003
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    Cited by:

    1. Tobias Hagen & Philipp Mohl, 2011. "Econometric Evaluation of EU Cohesion Policy: A Survey," Chapters,in: International Handbook on the Economics of Integration, Volume III, chapter 16 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Gruševaja, Marina & Pusch, Toralf, 2011. "How does Institutional Setting Affect the Impact of EU Structural Funds on Economic Cohesion? New Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe," IWH Discussion Papers 17/2011, Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH).

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    Keywords

    Convergence; economic growth; European Union; institutions;

    JEL classification:

    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe

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