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Title: Regional Convergence Clusters Across Europe

Author(s): Danny Quah

Publication Date: January 1996

Keyword(s): Conditioning, Dematerialization, Distribution Dynamics, Economic Geography, Knowledge-based Economy and Location

Programme Area(s): International Macroeconomics

Abstract: Per capita incomes across European regions are not equal and do not stay constant; regional income distributions fluctuate over time. Such a process could have many possible limiting outcomes: complete equality (convergence), stratification, and continually increasing inequality are but three distinct possibilities. This paper asks if nation-state, macro factors and physical-geography spillover effects help explain the observed distribution dynamics across European regions. Geographical factors are found to matter more than national ones; but both are important for explaining inequality dynamics.

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Quah, D. 1996. 'Regional Convergence Clusters Across Europe'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.