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Convergence in per-capita GDP across European regions using panel data models extended to spatial autocorrelation effects

  • Giuseppe Arbia

    (University G.D'annunzio)

  • Gianfranco Piras

    (University of Rome, Tor Vergata)

This paper studies the convergence of per-capita GDP across European regions over a fairly long period. Most of the works in the field are based on either cross-sectional or fixed-effects estimates. We propose the estimation of convergence in per-capita GDP across European regions by making use of panel-data models extended to include spatial error autocorrelation (Anselin, 1988; Elhorst, 2003). This will allow us to extend the traditional betaconvergence model to include a rigorous treatment of the spatial correlation among the intercept terms. A spatial analysis of such intercept terms will also be performed in order to shed light on the concept of spatially conditional convergence.

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Paper provided by ISTAT - Italian National Institute of Statistics - (Rome, ITALY) in its series ISAE Working Papers with number 51.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: May 2005
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Handle: RePEc:isa:wpaper:51
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