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Specialisation and asymmetries in the macroeconomic fluctuations: evidence for the European regions

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Pons-Novell, Jordi; Tirado-Fabregat, Daniel A

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Abstract This article examines the hypothesis that there is an inverse relationship between specialisation in production and the symmetry of cyclical fluctuations in the regions of Europe. In so doing, an index of asymmetries for the cyclical fluctuations of per capita GDP in the regions of Europe is constructed and various geographical patterns are reported. From the sample, the Mediterranean regions show the highest levels of asymmetry. In addition, an econometric analysis of the determinants of the asymmetries in regional fluctuations is carried out. The results show the significance of specialisation in production as a determinant of asymmetries in the regions and the importance of the geographical location of a region in accounting for its level of asymmetry. Furthermore, regions whose neighbours show highs levels of asymmetry tend to show similarly high levels of asymmetry.
Classification Economic and Social Geography; Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages p. 695-706
Journal Regional Studies, 40 (2006) 7
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)