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Peer Review Status: Unrefereed
Title: Interest rates and convergence across Italian regions
Authors: Dow, Sheila
Montagnoli, Alberto
Napolitano, Oreste
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Citation: Dow S, Montagnoli A & Napolitano O (2009) Interest rates and convergence across Italian regions. Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2009-13.
Keywords: interest rates
unit root
panel data
JEL Code(s): C23
Issue Date: May-2009
Series/Report no.: Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2009-13
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the evidence for economic convergence across Italian regions using trends in interest rate spreads and premia as indicators of regional credit conditions. Our results indicate the presence of persistent interest rate differentials, and thus an absence of convergence across the twenty political regions, but we observe a high degree of convergence within the four macroeconomic areas. On the other hand we find evidence of a strong level of homogeneity in credit conditions within each of the four macroeconomic regions.
Type: Working or Discussion Paper
Affiliation: Economics
University of Naples Parthenope

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