Discussion paper

DP1286 Regional Convergence Clusters Across Europe

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.


Quah, D (1996), ‘DP1286 Regional Convergence Clusters Across Europe‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 1286. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp1286