Does sectors´distribution at the European NUTS2 level fi tinto a Von Thünen framework?
This paper analyzes the distribution of eleven NACE Rev.1.1. sectors at the European NUTS 2 level. The study is conducted on a ten-year period (1995-2004) using a Balassa index and different proxies of transport costs, closeness to central markets, market size and market potential. The Balassa index is employed in order to characterize both sectors’ concentration and regions’ specialization. The results suggest that central regions are specialized in increasing returns sectors (as financial intermediation) while the regions located near these big centres tend to concentrate sectors (as construction) that seek to improve their spatial meshing and distant peripheral regions are specialized in traditional sectors (as agriculture). This pattern of sectors’ territorial location can be related to Von Thünen’s conclusions on the spatial organisation of economic activities.
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Volume (Year): 10 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
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