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Analysing the Changing Landscape of European Financial Centres: The Role of Financial Products and the Case of Amsterdam

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  • JAMES FAULCONBRIDGE
  • EWALD ENGELEN
  • MICHAEL HOYLER
  • JONATHAN BEAVERSTOCK

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The turn of the twenty-first century saw the re-emergence of debates about the reconfiguration of European financial geographies and the role of stock exchange mergers in this process. There has been, however, no systematic attempt to date to analyse such changes. This paper proposes a specific conceptual framework to explore these issues. It uses a product-based analysis to examine, in the context of recent stock exchange mergers, the factors affecting the competitiveness of a financial centre. It argues that it is important to understand three intertwined influences-product complementarities, the nature of local epistemic communities, and regulation-and their contingent effects on change. This is exemplified by a tentative application of the framework to the case of Amsterdam in order to better understand its recent decline in competitiveness as a European financial centre. Copyright 2007 Blackwell Publishing.

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Article provided by Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky in its journal Growth and Change.

Volume (Year): 38 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 279-303

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  1. Valérie Revest & Alessandro Sapio, 2012. "Financing technology-based small firms in Europe: what do we know?," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 39(1), pages 179-205, July.
  2. Antonella Magliocco & Giacomo Ricotti, 2013. "The new framework for the taxation of venture capital in Italy," Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) 167, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
  3. Nielsson, Ulf, 2009. "Stock exchange merger and liquidity: The case of Euronext," Journal of Financial Markets, Elsevier, vol. 12(2), pages 229-267, May.
  4. Valérie Revest & Sandro Sapio, 2008. "Financing Technology-Based Small Firms in Europe: a review of the empirical evidence," LEM Papers Series 2008/23, Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM), Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy.
  5. Du, Huibin & Xia, Qiongqiong & Ma, Xuan & Chai, Lihe, 2014. "A new statistical dynamic analysis of ecological niches for China’s financial centres," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 395(C), pages 476-486.
  6. Seo, Bongman, 2011. "Geographies of Finance : Centers, Flows, and Relations," Hitotsubashi Journal of Economics, Hitotsubashi University, vol. 52(1), pages 69-86, June.
  7. Mikel Larreina, 2008. "Financial centres in peripheral regions: the effect of the financial services industry on regional economy - the case of the Scottish Financial cluster," CRIEFF Discussion Papers 0805, Centre for Research into Industry, Enterprise, Finance and the Firm.

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