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¿Ha contribuido la población inmigrante a la convergencia interregional en España?

Fernandez-Leiceaga, Xoaquin and Lago-Peñas, Santiago and Sánchez, Patricio (2013): ¿Ha contribuido la población inmigrante a la convergencia interregional en España?

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Abstract

The very strong foreign immigration in Spain between 1999 and 2009 has generated very limited effects on interregional convergence of per capita GDP and productivity, unlike what happened with the internal migration flows between 1955 and 1979. This article is aimed at explaining why. Results show that while GDP per capita and productivity have fallen in comparative terms in regions attracting a higher proportion of immigrants, these regions have not been the richest and most productive. Immigrants choose to go to regions where there are more job opportunities or acquaintances and family networks, but not necessarily to the most prosperous regions from a macroeconomic standpoint.

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