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Economic capability of East German regions: Results of a cluster analysis

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Kronthaler F. (2005) Economic capability of East German regions: results of a cluster analysis, Regional Studies 39 , 739-750. This paper analyses the economic capability of East German regions compared with West German regions. Based on new growth theory and new economic geography, and using relevant empirical literature, regions are clustered according to a set of growth factors. The clustering results find little evidence that the economic capability of East German regions is already comparable with West German regions. Economic disadvantages are particularly rooted in lower technical progress, a lack of entrepreneurship, lower business and industrial concentration, and a loss of human capital. However, there are a few East German regions with a high economic capability, but even those suffer from economic disadvantages such as lower technical progress, lower industrial activity and a poorer regional accessibility.

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  • Franz Kronthaler, 2005. "Economic capability of East German regions: Results of a cluster analysis," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(6), pages 739-750.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:39:y:2005:i:6:p:739-750
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400500213630
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    Keywords

    Regional disparities; Economic capability; Cluster analysis; East Germany; Ecarts regionaux; Capacite economique; Analyse par la theorie des grappes; Est de l'Allemagne; Ungleichartigkeiten; wirtschaftliche Leistungsfahigkeit; Clusteranalyse; Ostdeutschland; Disparidades regionales; Capacidad economica; Analisis de clusters; Alemania del Este; JEL classifications: R12; O18;

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

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