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Growth And Decline Of Urban Areas In Romania


  • Daniela ANTONESCU

    () (SR II, INE, Romanian Academy)

  • Florina POPA

    () (SR, INE, Romanian Academy)


The urbanisation process in Romania followed a variable growth trajectory (that intensified), stagnation and, in the last period, a slightly decreasing trend. Thus, the years between the sixties to the nineties were characterised by marked development, concomitantly with population increase in small- and medium-sized towns. After the year 1990, the developments were different from one urban area to another: some succeeded in adjusting quicker to the new conditions; others were overwhelmed by the new town status. Currently, they are facing a series of problems triggered both by internal factors (urban agglomeration, pollution, built-environment deterioration, decrease in living standards quality, etc.), and external ones (EU integration, globalisation, financial crisis, etc.).Currently, urban areas draw increasingly more attention due to their important potential and to the role played in the current integration and economic and social cohesion process. The present article intends to capture the urbanisation process evolution in Romania and to identify current difficulties and opportunities confronting these areas.

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  • Daniela ANTONESCU & Florina POPA, 2012. "Growth And Decline Of Urban Areas In Romania," Romanian Journal of Economics, Institute of National Economy, vol. 34(1(43)), pages 131-156, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ine:journl:v:1:y:2012:i:43:p:131-156

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    1. Antonescu, Daniela, 2011. "Nouvelles perspectives theoriques du developpement economique au niveau regional
      [The new perspectives of the regional development theories]
      ," MPRA Paper 76275, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Raluca Ileana ZORZOLIU & Elena GURGU, 2015. "Rural Development Policy and Indicators of Demographic Dependency," International Conference on Economic Sciences and Business Administration, Spiru Haret University, vol. 2(1), pages 276-282, December.

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    urban regions; cities; regions;

    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • F02 - International Economics - - General - - - International Economic Order and Integration


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