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Financial Centres’ Competitiveness and Economic Convergence: Evidence from the EU Regions

Degl'Innocenti, Marta, Matousek, Roman, Tzeremes, Nickolaos G. (2018) Financial Centres’ Competitiveness and Economic Convergence: Evidence from the EU Regions. Environment and Planning A, 50 (1). pp. 133-156. ISSN 0308-518X. E-ISSN 1472-3409. (doi:10.1177/0308518X17740894) (KAR id:64161)


This study analyses the gaps in financial centres’ competitiveness and their impact on regional economic convergence in 23 EU Member States during the period of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). In particular, we explore the economic convergence and divergence patterns among regions from two different perspectives across the selected EU Member States and within each country. From a methodological viewpoint, we apply a fully non-parametric framework to the club convergence model and address the endogeneity problem between financial centres’ competitiveness and regional economic convergence. Our results show that the large and internationally-oriented financial centres experienced a diverging trend in terms of the competitiveness of financial centres’ business environment during the peak of the crisis. We also find evidence that the convergence of financial centres reduces regional economic inequalities between the regions where financial centres are located. In contrast, the increase in the competitiveness of financial centres only serves to widen existing inequalities at the national level. Finally, we examine and discuss the impact of competitiveness drivers of financial centres on the convergence pattern of EU regions.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0308518X17740894
Uncontrolled keywords: Financial Centres; Convergence; EU
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Kent Business School (do not use)
Depositing User: Roman Matousek
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2017 12:12 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 02:49 UTC
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Matousek, Roman.

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