The Role of Federal Transfers in Regional Convergence in Human Development Indicators in Argentina

36 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2011 Last revised: 7 Mar 2011

Marcelo Capello

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba; IERAL

Alberto Jose Figueras

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba; CONICET

Sebastian Freille

Universidad Católica de Córdoba; Universidad Nacional de Córdoba - Department of Economics

Pedro E. Moncarz

National University of Cordoba; CONICET

Date Written: February 28, 2011

Abstract

In this paper we analyse regional convergence between Argentine provinces in well-being indicators for the period 1970-2001. More specifically, we examine the role of regional public policy in reducing the development gap between the provinces. We find strong evidence of conditional convergence in well-being indicators. However, we find no evidence that redistributive transfers from the federal government to the provinces have had a positive effect on convergence in these indicators. In fact, we find that for some schooling, health and housing measures, the effect of federal transfers on improvement rates has been negative.

Keywords: Regional Convergence, Fiscal Transfers, Distributional Dynamics

JEL Classification: H77

Suggested Citation

Capello, Marcelo and Figueras, Alberto Jose and Freille, Sebastian and Moncarz, Pedro E., The Role of Federal Transfers in Regional Convergence in Human Development Indicators in Argentina (February 28, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1773080 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1773080

Marcelo Capello

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba ( email )

Av. Haya de la Tore s/n
Pabellon Argentina
Cordoba, Córdoba 5000
Argentina

IERAL

Juan del Campillo 394
Cordoba 5000
Argentina

Alberto Jose Figueras

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba ( email )

Av. Haya de la Tore s/n
Pabellon Argentina
Cordoba, Córdoba 5000
Argentina

CONICET

Rivadavia 1917
Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires 1033
Argentina

Sebastian Freille (Contact Author)

Universidad Católica de Córdoba ( email )

Av. Armada Argentina 3550
Córdoba, AR Córdoba 5010
Argentina

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba - Department of Economics

Avenida Valparaiso s / n
Ciudad Universitaria
Córdoba
Argentina

Pedro Esteban Moncarz

National University of Cordoba ( email )

Av. Haya de la Tore s/n
Pabellon Argentina
Cordoba, Córdoba 5000
Argentina

CONICET ( email )

Avda. Rivadavia 1917
Buenos Aires, Federal Capital C1033AAJ
Argentina

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