A spatial econometric approach to EU regional disparities between economic and geographical periphery


  • Cristina Brasili Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna
  • Francesca Bruno Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna
  • Annachiara Saguatti Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna




A conditional β-convergence model and a distance-based weight matrix are used to analyse the economic convergence among European NUTS-2 regions over the period 1980-2006. A Spatial Autoregressive Model which identifies two spatial regimes and spatial dependence finds that the convergence process among EU regions is affected by polarization into two clusters defined both on a geographical and economic criterion, which converge at different rates towards different steady states. This result confirms the hypothesis that a methodology which uses spatial econometric techniques is needed to model spatial effects, and that otherwise the estimates are likely to be inefficient or even biased.


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How to Cite

Brasili, C., Bruno, F., & Saguatti, A. (2012). A spatial econometric approach to EU regional disparities between economic and geographical periphery. Statistica, 72(3), 299–316. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.1973-2201/3649