Regional Convergence And The Impact Of European Structural Funds Over 1989-1999: A Spatial Econometric Analysis
This paper estimates the impact of structural funds on the convergence process between 145 European regions over 1989-1999. Since the majority of these funds finance transportation infrastructures, they induce spillover effects, industry relocation and do not necessarily succeed in reducing regional inequalities. To estimate their impact, including spillover effects, we first apply spatial econometrics on a conditional beta-convergence model; second, we simulate their impact on the targeted region and then on all the other regions. The results show that structural funds have positively benefited to the targeted regions’ growth, but that spillover effects are very small in peripheral regions.
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- Anselin, Luc & Bera, Anil K. & Florax, Raymond & Yoon, Mann J., 1996. "Simple diagnostic tests for spatial dependence," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 26(1), pages 77-104, February.
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