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ERSA Summer school Groningen 2006. Convergence among regions of the enlarged Europe: impact of spatial effects Nicolas Debarsy Cem Ertur. General ideas.

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ersa summer school groningen 2006

ERSA Summer school Groningen 2006

Convergence among regions of the enlarged Europe: impact of spatial effects

Nicolas Debarsy Cem Ertur

general ideas
General ideas
  • My research topic consists in implementing theoretically spillovers effects in growth models, and thus using spatial econometrics as methodology
  • Many studies over EU 15 NUTS-2 regions but barely one over enlarged EU
  • This study shows importance of spatial effects in EU-25 NUTS-2 regions
general framework
General framework
  • β-convergence framework
    • Absolute (unconditional) convergence
    • Spatial regimes
general framework1
General framework
  • Clubs convergence (allow to take some spatial heterogeneity into account)
  • Use of Getis statistics (local autocorrelation statistics) to define spatial regimes
estimated equation
D1,i=1 if region i belongs to club West

D2,i=1 if region i belongs to club East

Estimated equation
empirics
Empirics
  • Period: 1993-2002
  • 237 NUTS-2 regions
  • Creation of a weight matrix based on time distance
future research and questions
Future research and questions
  • Develop a growth model including spatial effects
  • work on panel data methods applied to spatial econometrics (Matlab routines)
  • How to take outliers effet into account in a frequentist approach?
  • Bayesian econometrics ?