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The Spatial Distribution of Economic Activities in the EU

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  • Combes, Pierre-Philippe
  • Overman, Henry G.

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This Paper considers the spatial distribution of economic activities in the European Union. It has three main aims: (i) to describe the data that is available in the EU and give some idea of the rich spatial data sets that are fast becoming available at the national level; (ii) to present descriptive evidence on the location of aggregate activity and particular industries and to consider how these location patterns are changing over time; (iii) to consider the nature of the agglomeration and dispersion forces that determine these patterns and to contrast them to forces acting elsewhere, in particular the US. Our survey suggests that much has been achieved in the wave of empirical work that has occurred in the past decade, but that much work remains to be done.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 3999.

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Date of creation: Aug 2003
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:3999

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Keywords: descriptive statistics; empirical studies; european union; location;

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  1. Brakman, Steven & Garretsen, Harry & Schramm, Marc, 2006. "Putting new economic geography to the test: Free-ness of trade and agglomeration in the EU regions," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 36(5), pages 613-635, September.
  2. Halfdanarson, Benedikt & Heuermann, Daniel F. & Suedekum, Jens, 2008. "Human Capital Externalities and the Urban Wage Premium: Two Literatures and their Interrelations," IZA Discussion Papers 3493, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Daniel A. Tirado & Jordi Pons & Elisenda Paluzie, 2003. "Industrial agglomerations and wage gradients: the Spanish economy in the interwar period (?)," ERSA conference papers ersa03p113, European Regional Science Association.
  4. BEHRENS, Kristian, 2004. "Market size and urban hierarchy," CORE Discussion Papers 2004029, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  5. Barrios, Salvador & Mas, Matilde & Navajas, Elena & Quesada, Javier, 2008. "Mapping the ICT in EU Regions: Location, Employment, Factors of Attractiveness and Economic Impact," MPRA Paper 6998, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  6. Enrico Marelli, 2007. "Specialisation and Convergence in European Regions," European Journal of Comparative Economics, Cattaneo University (LIUC), vol. 4(2), pages 149-178, September.
  7. Joeri Gorter & Albert Van der Horst, 2005. "New Economic Geography, Empirics, and Regional Policy," ERSA conference papers ersa05p236, European Regional Science Association.
  8. Álvarez López , M.ª Elisa & Myro Sánchez, Rafael & Vega Crespo, Josefa, 2012. "Delocation in the manufacturing sectors in the EU. A regional overview," Investigaciones Regionales, Asociación Española de Ciencia Regional, issue 22, pages 5-34.
  9. Antje Hildebrandt & Julia Wörz, 2004. "Determinants of Industrial Location Patterns in CEECs," wiiw Working Papers 32, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw.
  10. José Miguel Albert & Jorge Mateu & Vicente Orts, 2007. "Distribución Espacial De La Actividad Económica En La Union Europea," Working Papers. Serie EC 2007-02, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie).
  11. Roberto Ezcurra & Carlos Gil & Pedro Pascual & Manuel Rapún, 2004. "Regional Productive Specialisation and Inequality in the European Union," ERSA conference papers ersa04p372, European Regional Science Association.

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