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Convergence of European Regions: A Reappraisal

  • Azomahou, Theophile T.

    ()

    (UNU-MERIT, and Maastricht University)

  • El Ouardighi, Jalal

    (BETA, Universite de Strasbourg)

  • Nguyen-Van, Phu

    ()

    (BETA, CNRS and Universite de Strasbourg)

  • Kim Cuong Pham, Thi

    (BETA, Universite de Strasbourg)

We provide a reappraisal of income convergence across European regions over the period 1990-2005 by using a semiparametric partially linear model to approximate the relationship between the average growth rate of GDP per capita and the initial GDP per capita. Estimation results point out both country heterogeneity and non-linearity in the convergence process. Only low income regions converge while there is little evidence of convergence for higher income regions.

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Paper provided by United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT) in its series MERIT Working Papers with number 029.

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