Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 719–728 | Cite as

A Note on Unemployment and Health Convergence in Space: Evidence from US States

  • Stilianos Alexiadis
  • Konstantinos EleftheriouEmail author
  • Peter Nijkamp


Spatial convergence in terms of ‘health’ has been examined in only a few empirical studies. This paper addresses the relation between unemployment and obesity in US States within a ‘health’ convergence context. After controlling for spatial effects, we show that unemployment is not only positively related to obesity, but also accelerates the speed of adjustment towards to a State’s own steady-state level of ‘health’ conditions. Our findings clarify that straightforward possibilities for geographical convergence in health conditions are limited; an observation that provides policy-makers with valuable insights into the process of regional allocation of public funds aimed at improving health conditions.


Convergence Obesity Spatial effects Unemployment US 

JEL Classification

I10 C23 



We are grateful to an anonymous referee for helpful suggestions and comments. The findings, interpretations and conclusions are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position, policies or views of the Ministry of Rural Development and Food and/or the Greek Government.

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Strategic Planning of Rural Development, Evaluation & Documentation, Division of Documentation & Agricultural StatisticsHellenic Ministry of Rural Development and Food, Room 519AthensGreece
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsUniversity of PiraeusPiraeusGreece
  3. 3.JADS‘s-HertogenboschThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Adam Mickiewicz UniversityPoznanPoland

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