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Relative Centrality or Peripheriality and the Growth Effects of Relative Centrality or Peripheriality and the Growth Effects of Economic Integration within the European Union

Tomasz Brodzicki ()

International Trade from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: In the paper we construct two novel indices of relative centrality – peripheriality in order to test whether location has an impact on medium and long-run gains related to economic integration within the European Union. We utilize two popular econometric approaches – standard cross- sectional growth regressions as well as dynamic panel data models. The study is undertaken for a data panel consisting of 27 developed economies (15 EU Member States and 12 non-member states) within a period 1960 and 1999. Our results indicate at least to some extent that in accordance with the new economic geography models (NEG) relative location within large regional integration arrangement such as the European Union could affect growth effects associated with economic integration. Furthermore, the benefits are found to be asymmetrical between the core and peripheral regions. This results, however, need further empirical investigation as they are found to be sensitive.

Keywords: economic growth; European economic integration; dynamic panel data models; system GMM estimator; new economic geography (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F15 O53 C23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eec, nep-eff and nep-geo
Date: 2005-10-18
Note: Type of Document - doc; pages: 14. Paper prepared for the Conference “Spójnoœæ spo³eczna, gospodarcza i terytorialna w politykach Unii Europejskiej” Wroc³aw, 16-17 November 2005.
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