Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/19386
Authors: 
Davies, Sara
Hallet, Martin
Year of Publication: 
2002
Series/Report no.: 
HWWA Discussion Paper 207
Abstract: 
Williamson (1965) argued that catching up countries experiencing strong national growth tend also to see a widening in regional disparities, whereas in more developed economies strong national growth and falling regional disparities could go hand in hand. We find some evidence of a trade-off between national growth and regional dispersion in the EU?s Cohesion countries, notably in Spain and Ireland. We also find some evidence of spread effects in some richer EU Member States, although no inevitable link between lower regional disparities and stronger national growth. The potential policy implications of this analysis are also examined.
Subjects: 
Cohesion
catching up
growth
EU regions
regional policy
JEL: 
O18
R58
R11
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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