Chapter 62

Regional (DI)Convergence

Stefano Magrini smagrini@unive.it     University “Ca’ Foscari” of Venice, Venice, Italy.

JEL classification: C20, D30, E13, O18, O41, R11, R12, R15, R23

Abstract

Do regions converge? This essay provides an overview of the key developments in the study of regional convergence, discussing the methodological issues that have arisen since the first attempts to analyse convergence and critically surveying the results that have been obtained for different regional systems. Two underlying arguments will guide the attempt to reach an answer: (i) not all empirical approaches to the analysis of convergence appear equally reliable and not all results equally convincing; (ii) although most regional convergence studies ...

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