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Spatial externalities between Brazilian municipios and their neighbours

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  • Philippe De Vreyer

    () (Université de Lille II, DIAL)

  • Gilles Spielvogel

    () (DIAL, IEP-Paris)

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(english) Clustering of economic performance and growth in space has generated considerable research on the spillovers and linkages among geographical neighbours. In this paper, we study the growth process of a large sample of Brazilian municipalities for the period 1970-1996 and attempt to evaluate the spatial externalities at work among them. We estimate the convergence speed of per capita income among municipios and test whether spatial externalities are linked to local income growth. Conditionally on structural characteristics, we find evidence of convergence between municipios and of positive spatial dependence in growth. These two facts could help explain the persistent inequalities between municipios and the increasing clustering of poor localities in the Northeast region. _________________________________ (français) La concentration des revenus et de la croissance économique dans l'espace a suscité une littérature abondante sur les effets de débordements et les liens entre localités voisines. Dans ce papier, nous étudions le processus de croissance d'un large échantillon de municipalités brésiliennes durant la période 1970-1996 et tentons d'évaluer les externalités spatiales à l'oeuvre entre celles-ci. Nous estimons la vitesse de convergence du niveau de revenu par habitant des municipalités et testons la présence d'externalités spatiales liées à la croissance locale. Conditionnellement aux caractéristiques structurelles des municipalités, nos résultats indiquent la présence d'une convergence du revenu moyen par habitant ainsi que d'une dépendance spatiale positive de la croissance locale. Ces deux résultats permettent d'expliquer les inégalités persistantes entre les municipalités et la concentration croissante des localités pauvres dans la région Nord-Est.

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  • Philippe De Vreyer & Gilles Spielvogel, 2005. "Spatial externalities between Brazilian municipios and their neighbours," Working Papers DT/2005/11, DIAL (Développement, Institutions et Mondialisation).
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    1. Ricardo Carvalho De Andrade Lima & Raul Da Mota Silveira Neto, 2016. "Physical And Human Capital And Brazilian Regional Growth: A Spatial Econometric Approach For The Period 1970-2010," Anais do XLII Encontro Nacional de Economia [Proceedings of the 42nd Brazilian Economics Meeting] 164, ANPEC - Associação Nacional dos Centros de Pós-Graduação em Economia [Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs in Economics].
    2. Eduardo Almeida & Pablo Guimarães, 2014. "Economic Growth and Infrastructure in Brazil: A Spatial Multilevel Approach," ERSA conference papers ersa14p219, European Regional Science Association.

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    Keywords

    Local growth; convergence; spatial externalities; spatial econometrics; Brazil; Croissance locale; convergence; externalités spatiales; économétrie spatiale; Brésil;

    JEL classification:

    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)

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