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The Fading Attraction of Central Regions: an Empirical Note on Core–Periphery Gradients in Western Europe

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  • Marius Brülhart

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Abstract This paper describes sectoral core–periphery gradients across Western European regions over the period 1975–2000, and it estimates the impact of EU membership on countries’ internal geography. Overall, it is found that the centrality of European regions has been losing importance as a determinant for the location of employment. Central regions have gained employment share in none of the eight broad sectors analysed, whereas peripheral regions have significantly gained employment share in four of these sectors. Accession to the EU has favoured countries’ peripheral regions in terms of manufacturing employment and their central regions in terms of service employment.

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  • Marius Brülhart, 2006. "The Fading Attraction of Central Regions: an Empirical Note on Core–Periphery Gradients in Western Europe," Spatial Economic Analysis, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 1(2), pages 227-235.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:specan:v:1:y:2006:i:2:p:227-235
    DOI: 10.1080/17421770601009866
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    1. Richard Baldwin & Rikard Forslid & Philippe Martin & Gianmarco Ottaviano & Frederic Robert-Nicoud, 2005. "Economic Geography and Public Policy," Economics Books, Princeton University Press, edition 1, number 7524.
    2. Thierry Mayer & Keith Head, 2002. "Illusory Border Effects: Distance Mismeasurement Inflates Estimates of Home Bias in Trade," Working Papers 2002-01, CEPII research center.
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    Keywords

    Geographic concentration; EU regions; core–periphery gradients; F15; R12; R14;

    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • R14 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Land Use Patterns

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