Alexiadis, Stilianos Koch, Matthias Krisztin, Tamás
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51st Congress of the European Regional Science Association: "New Challenges for European Regions and Urban Areas in a Globalised World", 30 August - 3 September 2011, Barcelona, Spain
In this paper an attempt is made to assess the hypothesis of re- gional club-convergence, using a spatial panel analysis combined with B-Splines. In this context, a ‘convergence-club' is conceived as a group of regions that in the long-run move towards steady-state equilib- rium, approximated in terms of the average per-capita income. Using data for the US states over the period 1929-2005, a pattern of club- convergence is detected. The 'cluster' of converging states is rather limited and a strong spatial component is detected.