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Cultural activities as a location factor in European competition between regions: Concepts and some evidence

  • Jolanta Dziembowska-Kowalska

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    (Institute for Economic Policy Research, University of Karlsruhe, P.O. Box 6980, D-76128 Karlsruhe, Germany)

  • Rolf H. Funck

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    (Institute for Economic Policy Research, University of Karlsruhe, P.O. Box 6980, D-76128 Karlsruhe, Germany)

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    The main aim of this paper is to provide a theoretical background and empirical evidence on the importance of the cultural sector for competitiveness and development of the regional economy. It is argued that the fall of barriers to trade and the movement of capital and labor in the European Single Market will result in a transformation of the forces shaping its spatial structure. Consequently, the theory of international trade looses its capacity to explain the volume and structure of exchange between regions, which are or belong to different states within the European Union. On the other hand, the theory of spatial distribution of economic activities becomes increasingly relevant for explaining movements of the factors of production and patterns of interregional specialisation.

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    Volume (Year): 34 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 1-12

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    Note: Received: March 1997/Accepted: July 1998
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