Interactions between National and Regional Development

30 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2003

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Sara Davies

European Commission's Directorate General For Economic and Financial Affairs

Martin Hallet

European Commission's Directorate General For Economic and Financial Affairs

Date Written: 2002

Abstract

Williamson (1965) argued that catching up countries experiencing strong national growth tend also to see a widening in regional disparities, whereas in more developed economies strong national growth and falling regional disparities could go hand in hand. We find some evidence of a trade-off between national growth and regional dispersion in the EU's Cohesion countries, notably in Spain and Ireland. We also find some evidence of spread effects in some richer EU Member States, although no inevitable link between lower regional disparities and stronger national growth. The potential policy implications of this analysis are also examined.

Keywords: Cohesion, catching up, growth, EU regions, regional policy

JEL Classification: O18, R11, R58

Suggested Citation

Davies, Sara and Hallet, Martin, Interactions between National and Regional Development (2002). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=357343 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.357343

Sara Davies

European Commission's Directorate General For Economic and Financial Affairs ( email )

Martin Hallet (Contact Author)

European Commission's Directorate General For Economic and Financial Affairs ( email )

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