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Modeling structural change in the European metropolitan areas during the process of economic integration

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  • Longhi, Christian
  • Musolesi, Antonio
  • Baumont, Catherine

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The specialization patterns of metropolitan areas are crucial in characterizing the effects of economic integration in Europe. This paper aims to provide and estimate an econometric model that explains both sectoral specialization and sectoral dissimilarity, measured with the GINI and the KRUGMAN indexes, respectively, for 35 European metro areas during the period 1980–2005. A semiparametric approach is proposed to address the issues of non-linearity and separability. The econometric analysis indicates how the deepening of the processes of development and integration occurred in the last decades affected both specialization and similarity of the sectoral metropolitan structure, finally supporting a “specializing alike hypothesis”.

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Volume (Year): 37 (2014)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 395-407

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Keywords: Specialization; European economic integration; Metropolitan areas; Semiparametric models; Generalized additive models; Interaction models; Tensor product smooths;

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