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Relative specialisation of EU regions: an econometric analysis of sectoral gross fixed capital formation

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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 for the period between 1985 and 1994. Controlling for heteroscedasticity and potential endogeneity problems, we get consistent econometric results. Larger market and regional sizes diminish relative investment specialisation while a higher unemployment rate, population density, the fact of being a central region, the distance to the economic centre, and economic liberalisation increase its level. The variation of the specialisation level of one region over time, however, cannot be explained econometrically, it thus might underlie random disturbances. --

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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 02-36.

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Keywords: Economic Geography; Regional Economics; Capital Allocation; Panel Data Analysis;

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  1. Aikaterini Kokkinou & Yannis Psycharis, 2005. "Foreign Direct Investment and Regional Attractiveness in Southeastern European countries," ERSA conference papers ersa05p382, European Regional Science Association.
  2. Stirböck, Claudia, 2002. "Explaining the Level of Relative Investment Specialisation: A Spatial Econometric Analysis of EU Regions," ZEW Discussion Papers 02-49, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  3. Stirböck, Claudia, 2002. "What Determines Relative Sectoral Investment Patterns in EU Regions?," ZEW Discussion Papers 02-55, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  4. Claudia Stirboeck, 2003. "Comparing Sectoral Investment and Employment Specialisation of EU Regions: A Spatial Econometric Analysis," ERSA conference papers ersa03p259, European Regional Science Association.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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