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Structural Reforms and Regional Convergence


  • Che, Natasha Xingyuan
  • Spilimbergo, Antonio


Which structural reforms affect the speed the regional convergence within a country? We found that domestic financial development, trade/current account openness, better institutional infrastructure, and selected labor market reforms facilitate regional convergence. However, these reforms have mixed effects on the growth of regions closer to the country’s development frontier. We also document that regional income disparity and average income are inversely correlated across countries so that speeding up regional convergence increases national income. We also present a theoretical model to discuss these results.

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  • Che, Natasha Xingyuan & Spilimbergo, Antonio, 2012. "Structural Reforms and Regional Convergence," CEPR Discussion Papers 8951, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:8951

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    economic growth; income inequality; regional convergence; structural reforms;

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    • J68 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Public Policy
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