Intuitively, the relationship between education and economic growth at the national level would be less complex than at the regional level. The economic development of a region should not be interpreted solely based on internal factors specific to that region, but also on factors from neighboring regions, as (closer) regions interact and the geographic distribution of wealth is not random. Thus, a region with high expenditures can stimulate economic activity in the neighboring region, as suggested by Rodrik (2011).
In this regard, in recent years, Morocco has implemented several reforms and transformations in favor of regions, such as the new regional division as part of the advanced regionalization policy, as highlighted by JIRAOU and EL GRAINI (2020).
In this context, we will attempt to study the effect of the advanced regionalization policy adopted by the Moroccan government on regional disparities in educational expenditures and economic growth. Specifically, we aim to explore the potential links between geographic location, educational policies, and economic growth in Morocco.
For this purpose, spatial econometrics emerges as an appropriate tool, where spatial analysis, economics, and econometrics intersect, as proposed by Le Gallo (2002).
Ghizlane Ouahkki, Mohamed V University, Morocco
Safa Baya, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakesh, Morocco