Regional Convergence and Economic Performance : A Case Study of the West German Laender

Buscher, Herbert S. ; Felder, Johannes ; Steiner, Viktor

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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-6418
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 1999
The title of a journal, publication series: None
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: C33 O40 R11 E10 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Deutschland <Westliche Länder> , Wirtschaftswachstum , Strukturwandel , Entwicklung
Abstract: In the paper we analyze the convergence process of the West German Laender from 1970 to 1995 using descriptive tools as well as panel estimation methods. Although there have been some winners in this process, the main finding is that convergence was insufficient in the sense that no gains have been achieved with respect to a stronger harmonization of the economic performances in the Laender. Some of them proofed to be unable to respond adequately to structural changes, whereas others successfully overcame those challenges. Panel estimates of production functions of the Laender reveal no significant differences in the production technology across Laender.
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