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Regional Disparities and National Development Revisited

Regional Disparities and National Development Revisited This article explores the relationship between regional inequality and economicdevelopment level in 14 Western European countries for the period1980–2002. The results, which were obtained by means of a semi-parametricmethodology, indicate the presence of a process of regional divergence once acertain level of development has been reached. Nevertheless, in contrast to theavailable empirical evidence for the United States, our estimates show that theincrease in regional disparities is purely transitory. Indeed, beyond a given levelof per capita GDP, regional inequality can be seen to decrease, ultimately leadingto a stabilization of territorial imbalances in the later stages of the developmentprocess.These findings are robust to the inclusion of additional variables in theanalysis and to the choice of the measure used to quantify regional disparities. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Urban and Regional Studies SAGE

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SAGE
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0969-7764
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1461-7145
DOI
10.1177/0969776406068590
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Abstract

This article explores the relationship between regional inequality and economicdevelopment level in 14 Western European countries for the period1980–2002. The results, which were obtained by means of a semi-parametricmethodology, indicate the presence of a process of regional divergence once acertain level of development has been reached. Nevertheless, in contrast to theavailable empirical evidence for the United States, our estimates show that theincrease in regional disparities is purely transitory. Indeed, beyond a given levelof per capita GDP, regional inequality can be seen to decrease, ultimately leadingto a stabilization of territorial imbalances in the later stages of the developmentprocess.These findings are robust to the inclusion of additional variables in theanalysis and to the choice of the measure used to quantify regional disparities.

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European Urban and Regional StudiesSAGE

Published: Oct 1, 2006

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