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Structural Reforms and Regional Convergence

  • Antonio Spilimbergo
  • Natasha Xingyuan Che

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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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 12/106.

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Date of creation: 01 Apr 2012
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:12/106
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