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Institutional change and the development of lagging regions in Europe

Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés ORCID: 0000-0002-8041-0856 and Ketterer, Tobias (2019) Institutional change and the development of lagging regions in Europe. Regional Studies. ISSN 0034-3404

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00343404.2019.1608356


This paper assesses whether both the levels and the degree of change in government quality influence regional economic performance in the European Union and, in particular, in its lagging regions. The results of the econometric analysis, covering 249 NUTS-2 regions for the period 1999–2013, suggest that (1) government quality matters for regional growth; (2) relative improvements in quality of government are a powerful driver of development; (3) one-size-fits-all policies for lagging regions are not the solution; (4) government quality improvements are essential for low-growth regions; and (5) in low-income regions basic endowment shortages are still the main barrier to development. In particular, low-growth regions in Southern Europe stand to benefit the most from improvements in government quality, while in low-income regions of Central and Eastern Europe, investments in the traditional drivers of growth remain the main factors behind successful economic trajectories.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 Regional Studies Association
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 03 May 2019 08:30
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:43

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