A spatially-filtered mixture of β-convergence regressions for European regions, 1980-2002

Michele Battisti, Michele Battisti, Gianfranco Vaio

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Abstract

Assessing regional growth and convergence across Europe is a matter of primary relevance. Empirical models that do not account for structural heterogeneities and spatial effects may face serious misspecification problems. In this work, a mixture regression approach is applied to the β-convergence model, in order to produce an endogenous selection of regional growth patterns. A priori choices, such as North–South or centre-periphery divisions, are avoided. In addition to this, we deal with the spatial dependence existing in the data, applying a local filter to the data. The results indicate that spatial effects matter, and either absolute, conditional, or club convergence, if extended to the whole sample, might be restrictive assumptions. Excluding a small number of regions that behave as outliers, only a few regions show an appreciable rate of convergence. The majority of data show slow convergence, or no convergence at all. Furthermore, a dualistic phenomenon seems to be present inside some States, reinforcing the “diverging-convergence” paradox.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)105-121
Numero di pagine17
RivistaEmpirical Economics
Volume34
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2008

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regression
Spatial Dependence
Empirical Model
Misspecification
center-periphery
Paradox
Outlier
European regions
β-convergence
club
Division
Rate of Convergence
Filter
Regional growth
Spatial effects
Rate of convergence
Conditional convergence
Empirical model
Club convergence

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  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)

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A spatially-filtered mixture of β-convergence regressions for European regions, 1980-2002. / Battisti, Michele; Battisti, Michele; Vaio, Gianfranco.

In: Empirical Economics, Vol. 34, 2008, pag. 105-121.

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