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Agglomeration, Spatial Interaction and Convergence in the EU

Michael Bräuninger () and Annekatrin Niebuhr

No 322, HWWA Discussion Papers from Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA)

Abstract: We investigate the convergence process among EU regions between 1980-2002 taking into account the effects of spatial heterogeneity and spatial spillover effects. The spatial regimes model allows for different steady-state growth paths. In contrast to previous analyses, the regimes in this paper refer to spatial categories, i.e. we assume that agglomerations, urbanised and rural regions are characterised by group-specific steadystates. Moreover, the regression analysis considers the effects of interaction among neighbouring regions, possibly leading to a spatial dependence of regional growth rates. We check whether spatial dependence is caused by spatial spillovers or based on country effects.

Keywords: Convergence; agglomeration; European Union; spatial econometrics; quantile regression (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O52 R11 C21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005
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