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The Core-Periphery Pattern. Methods to Measure the Peripherality


  • Horodnic Adrian Vasile

    () (“Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi)

  • Mazilu Sorin

    () (“Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi)


The subject considered (e.g. dividing a country into a developed center and a periphery underdeveloped) was the subject of early researches in regional development. This paper aims to present the studies from the literature undertaken in the domain of a center-periphery structure. In the first part of the paper are brought into discussion some clarification on the term “peripherality”. The paper continues with a brief presentation of the core-periphery pattern developed by Krugman and reviewing the improvements to the pattern. Also, this paper brought into discussion the main methods to measure the peripherality. As a conclusion it is emphasized the usefulness of an economical approach for peripherality that can lead to the development of a composite index for measuring the peripherality.

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  • Horodnic Adrian Vasile & Mazilu Sorin, 2011. "The Core-Periphery Pattern. Methods to Measure the Peripherality," Ovidius University Annals, Economic Sciences Series, Ovidius University of Constantza, Faculty of Economic Sciences, vol. 0(1), pages 948-954, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:ovi:oviste:v:11:y:2011:i:1:p:948-954

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    peripherality; core-periphery; core-periphery pattern; indicators for measuring the peripherality.;

    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)
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration


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