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Growth Effects of Spatial Redistribution Policies


Calin Arcalean


ESADE Ramon Llull University - Department of Economics

Gerhard Glomm


Indiana University Bloomington - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Ioana C. Schiopu


ESADE Ramon Llull University - Department of Economics

May 2009

CAEPR Working Paper No. 2007-002

Abstract:     
Regional income disparities have increased in many European countries during the last three decades, even as national and supra-national policy instruments were created to correct them. To explain these evolutions, we develop a two-region, two-sector model with migration and public investment in infrastructure and education. Accumulation and creation of new ideas and technologies are at the core of differential regional growth. Together with regional migration, these forces are also responsible for diverging industrial structures, with the lagging region also falling behind in innovation. In this framework, we assess the effectiveness of structural funds, modelled on the EU policy. In a numerical example calibrated to Portugal, we find that, to diminish the initial gap in income per capita, the backward region needs to receive around 9% of its own GDP in structural funds, while the actual disbursements were around 4%. We also find that maximizing innovation in the backward region conflicts in the short run with the goal of maximizing its income per capita. Moreover, the rich region has an incentive to bias the allocation of structural funds towards human capital formation.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 37

Keywords: two-region economy, structural change, migration, regional policy, European Union

JEL Classification: O, H7, R58, R12

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Date posted: January 31, 2007 ; Last revised: June 10, 2009

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Arcalean, Calin and Glomm, Gerhard and Schiopu, Ioana C., Growth Effects of Spatial Redistribution Policies (May 2009). CAEPR Working Paper No. 2007-002. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=960475 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.960475

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Calin Arcalean (Contact Author)
ESADE Ramon Llull University - Department of Economics ( email )
Av. de Pedralbes, 60-62
Barcelona, 08034
Spain
Gerhard Glomm
Indiana University Bloomington - Department of Economics ( email )
Bloomington, IN 47405-6620
United States
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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)
Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany
Ioana C. Schiopu
ESADE Ramon Llull University - Department of Economics ( email )
Av. de Pedralbes, 60-62
Barcelona, 08034
Spain
HOME PAGE: http://profesores.esade.edu/ioanaschiopu
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