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The impact of EU enlargement on European border regions

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  • Annekatrin Niebuhr

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The enlargement of the EU is supposed to have a profound impact on the location of economic activities in Europe. Although there is concern about the implications of enlargement for regional disparities in the EU, the corresponding empirical results are still rare. The objective of this analysis is to provide evidence on enlargement effects with special focus on border regions in the EU27, since they are likely to play a critical role within the spatial dynamics initiated by integration. Departing from a three-region economic geographical model we investigate whether changes in market access caused by integration result in above-average integration benefits in border regions.

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  • Annekatrin Niebuhr, 2008. "The impact of EU enlargement on European border regions," International Journal of Public Policy, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 3(3/4), pages 163-186.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijpubp:v:3:y:2008:i:3/4:p:163-186
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    Keywords

    integration effects; market access; EU enlargement; regional disparities; border regions; European integration; European Union.;

    JEL classification:

    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models

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