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Urban concentration and economic growth: checking for specific regional effects

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  • Pholo Bala, Alain

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By using a semiparametric specification, we examine the impact of urban concentration in economic growth on different groups of countries that we classify according to a geographical criterion or according to their level of development. Facing a significant proportion of missing data, we handle that problem with a multiple imputation algorithm as advised in the statistical litterature. Therefore using a Bayesian estimation we obtain parametric coefficients and non parametric curves. Then we may perform Yatchew's tests of equality of non parametric effects to check out if the model specification is the same in the different groups of countries.

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  • Pholo Bala, Alain, 2009. "Urban concentration and economic growth: checking for specific regional effects," CORE Discussion Papers 2009038, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  • Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:2009038
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    1. Castells-Quintana, David, 2017. "Malthus living in a slum: Urban concentration, infrastructure and economic growth," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 98(C), pages 158-173.

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    Keywords

    urban primacy; economic growth; missing data; imputation; semiparametric estimation;

    JEL classification:

    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • C30 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - General
    • C49 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Other
    • R15 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Econometric and Input-Output Models; Other Methods

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