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Explaining the Level of Relative Investment Specialisation: A Spatial Econometric Analysis of EU Regions

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  • Stirböck, Claudia

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This paper analyses the level of relative specialisation in terms of gross fixed capital formation in EU regions. Larger market and regional sizes diminish; a higher unemployment rate, population density, the fact of being a central region, the distance to the economic centre, and economic liberalisation increase the level of specialisation. These results are not sensitive to differing formulations of the specialisation indicator. Accounting for spatial dependence by the use of spatial econometric tools, negative spatial interactions probably due to data inconsistencies are present. However, the results of classical econometric estimates are robust. --

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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 02-49.

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Date of creation: 2002
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Handle: RePEc:zbw:zewdip:667

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Keywords: Economic Geography; Regional Economics; Capital Allocation; Spatial Econometric Analysis;

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  1. Stirböck, Claudia, 2004. "Comparing Investment and Employment Specialisation Patterns of EU Regions," ZEW Discussion Papers 04-43, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  2. Stirböck, Claudia, 2004. "A Spatial Econometric Analysis of Regional Specialisation Patterns Across EU Regions," ZEW Discussion Papers 04-44, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  3. Daniel Griffith, 2006. "Hidden negative spatial autocorrelation," Journal of Geographical Systems, Springer, vol. 8(4), pages 335-355, October.

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