Economic Integration and Regional Business Cycles: Evidence from the Iberian Regions

19 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2003

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Salvador Barrios

European Commission, JRC - IPTS

Juan José de Lucio Fernández

Independent; University of Antonio de Nebrija - Faculty of Law, Economics and Business

Abstract

This paper provides evidence of the positive impact of economic integration on EU regions' business cycles convergence by focusing on two neighbouring countries: Spain and Portugal. We show that while a rise in cross-country business cycle correlation has also been experienced by other European countries, it has been relatively more pronounced for Iberian regions. Econometric evidence suggests that the existence of an administrative border, the economic size of regions and their industrial structures can explain a substantial proportion of regional cycles.

Suggested Citation

Barrios, Salvador and de Lucio Fernández, Juan José, Economic Integration and Regional Business Cycles: Evidence from the Iberian Regions. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=423649

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