FDI, Human Capital and Income Convergence: Evidence for European Regions

Dominik Völlmecke, Björn Jindra, Philipp Marek

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    This study examines income convergence in regional GDP per capita for a sample of 269 regions within the European Union (EU) between 2003 and 2010. We use an endogenous broad capital model based on foreign direct investment (FDI) induced agglomeration economies and human capital. By applying a Markov chain approach to a new dataset that exploits micro-aggregated sub-national FDI statistics, the analysis provides insights into regional income growth dynamics within the EU. Our results indicate a weak process of overall income convergence across EU regions. This does not apply to the dynamics within Central and East European countries (CEECs), where we find indications of a poverty trap. In contrast to FDI, regional human capital seems to be associated with higher income levels. However, we identify a positive interaction of FDI and human capital in their relation with income growth dynamics.
    This study examines income convergence in regional GDP per capita for a sample of 269 regions within the European Union (EU) between 2003 and 2010. We use an endogenous broad capital model based on foreign direct investment (FDI) induced agglomeration economies and human capital. By applying a Markov chain approach to a new dataset that exploits micro-aggregated sub-national FDI statistics, the analysis provides insights into regional income growth dynamics within the EU. Our results indicate a weak process of overall income convergence across EU regions. This does not apply to the dynamics within Central and East European countries (CEECs), where we find indications of a poverty trap. In contrast to FDI, regional human capital seems to be associated with higher income levels. However, we identify a positive interaction of FDI and human capital in their relation with income growth dynamics.
    LanguageEnglish
    JournalEconomic Systems
    Volume40
    Issue number2
    Pages288-307
    ISSN0939-3625
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2016

    Keywords

    • Regional growth
    • Convergence
    • FDI
    • Human capital
    • European union

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    Völlmecke, Dominik ; Jindra, Björn ; Marek, Philipp. / FDI, Human Capital and Income Convergence : Evidence for European Regions. In: Economic Systems. 2016 ; Vol. 40, No. 2. pp. 288-307
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    FDI, Human Capital and Income Convergence : Evidence for European Regions. / Völlmecke, Dominik; Jindra, Björn ; Marek, Philipp.

    In: Economic Systems, Vol. 40, No. 2, 2016, p. 288-307.

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