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Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics

, Volume 145, Issue 2, pp 155–185 | Cite as

Regional per Capita-Income — The Importance of Region-Specific Production Factors

  • Dirk Fornahl
  • Axel Schaffer
  • Jochen Siegele
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Summary

Endowment with infrastructure, human and cultural capital is highly significant for regional economic performance. After clustering the regions, this hypothesis is tested for Austrian, German and Swiss NUTS 3 regions by applying a quantile regression analysis.

First results confirm the hypothesis for all factors. However, coefficients differ significantly both between clusters as well as among the quantiles of each cluster. Furthermore, insights into the regions’ efficiency in using these factors are generated: investments into region-specific factors will not push the regional economy automatically, but the under- or over-average efficiency has to be taken into account.

Keywords

Quantile regression regional cluster production potential efficiency 

JEL-Classification

C21 J24 H54 O18 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Economic Policy ResearchUniversity of Karlsruhe (TH)KarlsruheGermany

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