Spatial and sectoral productivity convergence between European regions, 1975-2000

Julie Le Gallo, Sandy Dall'erba

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This paper introduces the appropriate econometric methodology and statistical tests to evaluate the spatial and sectoral stability of the labour productivity convergence process of 145 European regions over 1975-2000. Our results display significant σ-convergence only in aggregate labour productivity and in the services sectors among peripheral regions. We also show that omitting spatial effects leads to biased measures of σ-convergence. We then estimate a pooled β-convergence model including spatial autocorrelation and sectoral differentiation. Spatial and sectoral stability tests reveal which sectors display a convergence process and in which regime they are located.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)505-525
Number of pages21
JournalPapers in Regional Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Convergence
  • Labour productivity
  • Sectoral approach
  • Spatial econometrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)


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