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Political decentralization, economic growth and regional disparities in the OECD

Ezcurra, Roberto and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés (2013) Political decentralization, economic growth and regional disparities in the OECD. Regional Studies, 47 (3). pp. 388-401. ISSN 0034-3404

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Abstract

Ezcurra R. and Rodríguez-Pose A. Political decentralization, economic growth and regional disparities in the OECD, Regional Studies. Recent scholarly work has addressed whether decentralization affects economic growth and regional disparities, by typically resorting to fiscal decentralization, while disregarding political decentralization indices. This article covers this gap by investigating the association between different political decentralization indices with two measures of economic performance: changes in gross domestic product (GDP) per capita and in territorial inequalities. The results suggest a lack of statistical relationship between political decentralization and economic growth, regardless of how political decentralization is measured. In the case of regional disparities, the results depend on the index used and range from the absence of a link to a positive association between both factors.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/cres20
Additional Information: © 2013 Regional Studies Association
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Funders: European Research Council under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007–2013), Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship
Projects: 269868, ECO2011-29314-C02-01
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2013 15:37
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/49628/

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