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Labor Productivity, Infrastructure Endowment, and Regional Spillovers in the European Union

Bouvet, Florence. (2007) Labor Productivity, Infrastructure Endowment, and Regional Spillovers in the European Union. In: UNSPECIFIED, Montreal, Canada. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    This paper assesses whether disparities in regional public infrastructure endowments can explain regional disparities in labor productivity among European regions. Using a large sample of European regions, I distinguish the effects of overall infrastructure endowment from the effect of three categories of public infrastructure (transport network, energy provision and telecommunication network). When I control for a time trend and regional-specific effects, only the overall infrastructure endowment and telecommunication network boost regional labor productivity. I find evidence of spatial autocorrelation in labor productivity for contiguous regions and regions with identical levels of income per capita. When I control for spatial dependence, only the overall infrastructure index maintains its positive effect on regional productivity. The statistical results do not provide evidence of quantitatively important productivity spillovers.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: infrastructure; regional disparities; labor productivity.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > employment/labour market > labour/labor
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > telecommunication policy
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > regional policy/structural funds
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > transport policy
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > energy policy
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2007 (10th), May 17-19, 2007
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2008
    Page Range: p. 27
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:49
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/7711

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