Using Spatial Econometrics to Analyze Local Growth in Sweden: Revised and Extended
2003 (English)Report (Other academic)
This paper investigates factors that determine the average income growth and net migration rates in Swedish municipalities during the period 1981 to 1999. The main issue is to test the hypothesis that, conditional on a set of other possible determinants of regional growth, the growth rate in one municipality is affected by the growth rates in its neighboring municipalities. We also test the hypothesis that initially 'poorer' regions tend to grow faster than initially 'richer' regions conditional on the other explanatory variables in the model. We find a positive correlation between net migration rates in neighbouring municipalities, which suggests that net migration tend to 'spill over' to neighbouring municipalities. When it comes to average income growth, our results indicate spatial dependence in the error terms during the 1980´s. Such dependence is important in the sense that it indicates that shocks into the system not only affect the municipally where the shock has its origin but spread across the country.
In addition, and in contrast to previous empirical findings based on Swedish data, we do not find any clear evidence in favour of the hypothesis of conditional convergence. Instead, our results predict conditional divergence between municipalities located in the Stockholm region throughout the period and also for municipalities outside Stockholm region during 1990´s.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2003. , 33 p.
, CERUM Working Paper, ISSN 1404-5362 ; 67
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-24673OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-24673DiVA: diva2:227102
Distributor:Centrum för regionalvetenskap (CERUM), 90187, Umeå
Inom EU-projektet Urban Design.
Published in Regional Studies ISSN 0034-3404 2006 vol 40 no 3 pp 303-316. Taylor & Francis.
may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. 2009-07-142009-07-092009-07-24Bibliographically approved