Nonlinearities in Regional Growth: A Nonparametric Approach

38 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2013 Last revised: 29 Aug 2013

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Marcos Sanso-Navarro

Universidad de Zaragoza

María Vera-Cabello

Centro Universitario de la Defensa de Zaragoza

Date Written: June 2013

Abstract

This paper analyzes the determinants of regional economic growth in the European Union. The nonparametric approach adopted allows us not only to uncover their relevance but also to determine whether or not they exert a linear in‡uence. We obtain evidence of a nonlinear relationship between regional growth and its determinants, especially population growth, R&D activities and the level of infrastructures. Threshold effects, mainly affecting human capital and geographic factors, are also found.

Keywords: Regional growth, nonparametric methods, variable selection, non-linearities

JEL Classification: C14, C20, O18, R11

Suggested Citation

Sanso-Navarro, Marcos and Vera-Cabello, María, Nonlinearities in Regional Growth: A Nonparametric Approach (June 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2249902 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2249902

Marcos Sanso-Navarro (Contact Author)

Universidad de Zaragoza ( email )

Facultad de Economía y Empresa
Departamento de Análisis Económico
Zaragoza, 50005
Spain
+34 876 554 629 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://personal.unizar.es/marcossn

María Vera-Cabello

Centro Universitario de la Defensa de Zaragoza ( email )

Academia General Militar, Ctra. de Huesca, s/n
Zaragoza, Zaragoza 50009
Spain

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