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Convergence Clubs and Spatial Externalities

Models and Applications of Regional Convergence in Europe


  • Provides a review of the theoretical and empirical literature on regional convergence

  • One of few books devoted exclusively to regional convergence

  • Planners, policy-makers and regional development institutions in the EU can easily apply the models/methods described and conduct policy experiments?


Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Stilianos Alexiadis
    Pages 1-8
  3. Stilianos Alexiadis
    Pages 61-88
  4. Stilianos Alexiadis
    Pages 89-117
  5. Stilianos Alexiadis
    Pages 119-139
  6. Stilianos Alexiadis
    Pages 189-193
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 195-244

About this book


Do dynamic externalities, in the form of technology creation, adoption and spatial agglomeration shape the pattern of regional growth in Europe? This study provides an alternative view on regional convergence. A model is developed which attributes club-convergence to existing differences with respect to the degree of technology adoption. In the first instance, empirical results suggest that the NUTS-2 regions of the EU-27 converge at a very slow rate. Further tests, however, indicate that convergence is restricted to a specific subset of regions. Such conclusions are tested further, using an alternative model of club-convergence, which incorporates the impact of spatial interaction, agglomeration externalities and technology. This shows that the convergence-club in Europe follows a certain geographical pattern and all members share similar characteristics regarding technology creation and adoption, and agglomeration externalities.  ​


Agglomeration Externalities European Regions Regional Growht Spatial Econometrics Technology Adoptions

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.and Foods, Agricultural PolicyMinistry of Rural DevelopmentAthensGreece

About the authors

Stilianos Alexiadis is researcher in the Ministry of Rural Development & Foods of Greece, Department of Agricultural Policy & Documentation. He received a PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University and published extensively on topics of regional growth, technology and convergence.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Convergence Clubs and Spatial Externalities
  • Book Subtitle Models and Applications of Regional Convergence in Europe
  • Authors Stilianos Alexiadis
  • Series Title Advances in Spatial Science
  • Series Abbreviated Title Advances in Spatial Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-31625-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-43108-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-31626-5
  • Series ISSN 1430-9602
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 246
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Regional/Spatial Science
    Economic Geography
    R & D/Technology Policy
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