Economic Growth in the Regions of Europe

Theory and Empirical Evidence from a Spatial Growth Model

  • Sascha Sardadvar

Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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  3. Theory of Economic Growth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
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  4. A Model of Regional Growth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-44
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  5. Empirics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 121-138

About this book


Although interest in spatial growth regressions has been growing in recent years, formal theoretical approaches that acknowledge the role of space in economic growth have been sparse. In particular in a regional context, the assumption of independent, non-interacting closed economies can lead to misinterpretations. This book fills the void by discussing neoclassical growth theory in a spatial context, in order to examine growth both theoretically and empirically in a system of N regional economies. A formal model is presented that allows for interregional fixed capital relocations, which are in turn determined by the economies’ relative locations in space. It is shown how initial endowments with human capital play a decisive role regarding the evolution of output, and how both convergence and divergence processes may occur. Using a spatial econometric model specification, the theoretical model is tested empirically for 255 European regions.


European Integration Neoclassical Growth Model Regional Economic Growth Spatial Econometrics

Authors and affiliations

  • Sascha Sardadvar
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of SocioeconomicsVienna University of Economics and BusinViennaAustria

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Physica-Verlag HD
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-7908-2636-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-7908-2637-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-1933
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