Why are Some Spanish Regions so Much More Efficient than Others?
28 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2008
Date Written: February 2008
This article investigates the main sources of heterogeneity in regional efficiency. We estimate a translog stochastic frontier production function in the analysis of Spanish regions in the period 1964-1996, to attempt to measure and explain changes in technical efficiency. Our results confirm that regional inefficiency is significantly and positively correlated with the ratio of public capital to private capital. The proportion of service industries in the private capital, the proportion of public capital devoted to transport infrastructures, the industrial specialization, and spatial spillovers from transport infrastructures in neighbouring regions significantly contributed to improve regional efficiency.
Keywords: Regional efficiency, Regional spillovers, Human capital, Public capital
JEL Classification: C23, H54, R11, R53
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