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Economic Convergence in EU NUTS 3 Regions: A Spatial Econometric Perspective

Department of Economic Studies, “G. d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara, 4265127 Viale Pindaro, Italy
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Sustainability 2020, 12(17), 6717; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176717
Received: 3 July 2020 / Revised: 10 August 2020 / Accepted: 14 August 2020 / Published: 19 August 2020
The topic of economic convergence is still crucial in the European Union (EU) as promoting regional growth and the reduction of disparities remains a key objective. In this paper we investigate development and economic growth across EU regions. Particular attention is given to σ-convergence and β-convergence. These analyses are carried out for regional units corresponding to the third level of the NUTS (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics) classification. Focusing on a refined geographical scale could offer a detailed picture of the regional growth dynamics within the EU. Additionally, we use a spatial augmented version of the conditional β-convergence model to take into account the spatial interdependencies among regions. Findings shed light on the impact of spatial interaction effects and on the need of territorial policies to achieve convergence in the EU. This aspect highlights how coordinating the regional development policies between regions is pivotal to achieve economic, as well as social and political stability within the EU. View Full-Text
Keywords: economic growth; conditional convergence; inequality; spatial effects; NUTS 3 economic growth; conditional convergence; inequality; spatial effects; NUTS 3
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Postiglione, P.; Cartone, A.; Panzera, D. Economic Convergence in EU NUTS 3 Regions: A Spatial Econometric Perspective. Sustainability 2020, 12, 6717. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176717

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Postiglione P, Cartone A, Panzera D. Economic Convergence in EU NUTS 3 Regions: A Spatial Econometric Perspective. Sustainability. 2020; 12(17):6717. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176717

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Postiglione, Paolo, Alfredo Cartone, and Domenica Panzera. 2020. "Economic Convergence in EU NUTS 3 Regions: A Spatial Econometric Perspective" Sustainability 12, no. 17: 6717. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176717

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