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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Common and Spatial Drivers in Regional Business Cycles
Michael Artis, Christian Dreger and Konstantin Kholodilin
April 2009
Paper No' SERCDP0022:
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JEL Classification: E32; C51; E37

Tags: business cycle convergence; spatial correlation; spatial panel model

We examine real business cycle convergence for 41 euro area regions and 48 US states. Results obtained by a panel model with spatial correlation indicate that the relevance of common business cycle factors is rather stable over the past two decades in the euro area and the US. Ongoing business cycle convergence often detected in cross-country data is not confirmed at the regional level. The degree of synchronization across the euro area is similar to that to be found for the US states. Thus, the lack of convergence does not seem to be an impediment to a common monetary policy.