Productivity Growth in the Old and New Europe: The Role of Agglomeration Externalities

CRENoS Working Paper No. 2010/24

27 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2011 Last revised: 22 Mar 2011

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Emanuela Marrocu

Universita di Cagliari - Centre for North South Economic Research (CRENOS)

Raffaele Paci

University of Cagliari - Centre for North South Economic Research (CRENOS)

Stefano Usai

Universita di Cagliari

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Date Written: March 15, 2011

Abstract

The recent history of Europe is characterized by a dual picture showing the Old and New countries in sharp contrast with respect to their industrial specialisation and economic performance. We aim at analyzing the intertwined performance of regions and industries in New and Old European economies by investigating the effects of local agglomeration externalities (mainly specialisation and diversity externalities) on total factor productivity dynamics. More specifically, we analyse whether the agglomeration externalities effects vary according to the development stage (Old vs New Europe), the specialisation pattern (low-tech manufactures vs knowledge intensive sectors) and the settlement typology (urban vs rural areas). We also analyse the potential influence of regional intangible assets such as human and technological capital. The econometric analysis is carried out over the period 1996-2007 for 13 industries located in the 276 regions of the EU27 member countries and it makes use of spatial econometric techniques to take into account the possibility of cross-border externalities.

Keywords: Agglomeration externalities, Local industry growth, Total Factor Productivity, Spatial models, European regional cohesion

JEL Classification: C31, O47, R11

Suggested Citation

Marrocu, Emanuela and Paci, Raffaele and Usai, Stefano, Productivity Growth in the Old and New Europe: The Role of Agglomeration Externalities (March 15, 2011). CRENoS Working Paper No. 2010/24. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1739732 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1739732

Emanuela Marrocu

Universita di Cagliari - Centre for North South Economic Research (CRENOS) ( email )

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Raffaele Paci (Contact Author)

University of Cagliari - Centre for North South Economic Research (CRENOS) ( email )

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Cagliari I-09123
Italy
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+70-6753760 (Fax)

Stefano Usai

Universita di Cagliari ( email )

Cagliari, 09124
Italy

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