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European Integration and the Case for Compensatory Regional Policy

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  • Christiane Krieger-Boden

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The ongoing process of European integration is likely to increase trade and factor mobility thereby increasing interregional competition and affecting the interregional division of labor. From a theoretical standpoint, rising specialization and polarization of European regions may result from this process, and may entail a growing core-periphery-divide of regional income. Such a supposition evokes questions on the need of an accompanying compensatory regional policy and its adequate design. I find that a case for regional policy cannot be denied, but that the EU largely overstates the need for such a policy at EU level, and should abstain from direct structural interventions into regional economies.

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1135.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2002
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Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:1135

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Keywords: Integration; regional policy; regional specialization; regional polarization; EU structural policy;

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  1. Peter Schmidt, 2012. "The EU Structural Funds as a Means to hamper Migration," ERSA conference papers ersa12p383, European Regional Science Association.
  2. Stoyan Totev, 2006. "Comparative Analysis of the Processes of Regional Specialization and Concentration in EU," Economic Studies journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 1, pages 67-89.
  3. Libman, Alexander, 2005. "Взаимодействие Государственных И Частных Структур В Интеграционных Группировах: Теоретические Подходы И Оп," MPRA Paper 17044, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Jörg-Volker Schrader, 2004. "Erneute EU-Agrarreform: Umbau statt Abbau von Subventionen," Kiel Working Papers 1216, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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