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Title:Convergence of regions from 23 EU member states PDF Logo
Authors:Eckey, Hans-Friedrich
Döring, Thomas
Türck, Matthias
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge 86
Abstract:Convergence of EU regions is an often examined research question. However, there are no studies available which include in their analysis the New Member States from the former Eastern Bloc. We estimate several models of absolute convergence and of conditional convergence taking into account the different initial conditions of the regions from each country. First, we calculate convergence models with equal convergence rates of every region (stationary approaches). We prove a convergence process with nearly all models between 1995-2003. Only the spatial filtering approach in combination with the inclusion of country specific dummy variables shows a significant divergent development. Second, we calculate a geographically weighted regression (GWR) approach, which uses instationary regression coefficients. This model gives evidence for a convergence of most regions. However, some regions seem to move away from their steady state.
Subjects:Regional Convergence
Spatial Econometrics
Europe
JEL:C21
R11
R58
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge, Universität Kassel

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