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Economic integration and manufacturing location in EU accession countries

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  • Longhi, Simonetta

    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculteit der Economische Wetenschappen en Econometrie (Free University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics Sciences, Business Administration and Economitrics)

  • Nijkamp, Peter
  • Traistaru, Iulia

Abstract

This paper investigates patterns of manufacturing location in the context of increased economie integration in Central and East European countries. Using regional data for the period 1990-1999, we identify and compare patterns and determinants of manufacturing location in five European Union (EU) accession countries: Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Romania and Slovenia. Our research results suggest that, in these countries, regional relocation of industries has taken place, leading in Bulgaria and Romania to increasing regional specialization. However, regional specialization has not changed significantly in Estonia, Hungary and Slovenia. We find empirical evidence indicating that both factor endowments and geographic proximity to large markets determine the location of manufacturing in EU accession countries.

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Paper provided by VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics in its series Serie Research Memoranda with number 0003.

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Keywords: Economic integration; Manufacturing specialization; Geographical concentration of industries; EU accession countries;

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