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CUADRADO-ROURA, Juan R and MAROTO-SANCHEZ, Andrés. Análisis del proceso de especialización regional en servicios en España. EURE (Santiago) [online]. 2012, vol.38, n.114, pp. 5-34. ISSN 0250-7161. doi: 10.4067/S0250-71612012000200001.
The article deals with three questions. First, if productive specialization on service industries has shown a uniform pattern at regional level. Second, to what extent productive inequalities amongst regions have been reduced or not and which was the role of services. Finally, what has been the contribution of services to regional economic growth. Taking Spain as the case-study, two hypotheses have been specified to answer these questions. The first is that figures should show an inertial trend of the productive specialization, which has produced a low convergence of regional productive structures. The second suggests that productive specialization has influenced regional economic growth and that services have played an important role in it. Several techniques are used to carry out the analysis. Results confirm to a great extent the hypothesis and make possible to set up some aspects not very well known previously.
Keywords : regional and local development; spatial distribution; regional inequalities.