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Comparing Investment and Employment Specialisation Patterns of EU Regions

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  • Stirböck, Claudia

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This study analyses relative sectoral specialisation of EU regions on the basis of investment and employment patterns. Controlling for heteroscedasticity and potential endogeneity in the econometric analysis, we find that relative specialisation in manufacturing sectors is higher in central regions. Relative specialisation in services sectors, instead, is stronger in administrative centres as well as peripheral regions. A higher local level of sectoral economies of scale and of productivity strongly increases relative investments in manufacturing sectors. Lower (higher) regional labour costs attract, in particular, higher relative employment shares in labour-intensive (human capital-intensive) sectors. --

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Paper provided by ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research in its series ZEW Discussion Papers with number 04-43.

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Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:zbw:zewdip:2039

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Keywords: Regional Specialisation; Sectoral Investments; Sectoral Employment; Cross-Section Time-Series Regressions;

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  1. Ulrike Stierle-von Schütz, 2005. "Fiscal Design and the Location of Economic Activity," ERSA conference papers ersa05p539, European Regional Science Association.
  2. Jürgen von Hagen, 2007. "Institutionelle Gestaltung föderaler Systeme: Theorie und Empirie," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 8(2), pages 109-109, 03.
  3. Cornelius Bähr & Ulrike Stierle-von Schütz & Matthias Wrede, 2007. "Dezentralisierung in den EU-Staaten und räumliche Verteilung wirtschaftlicher Aktivitäten," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 8(2), pages 110-129, 03.

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