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Structural change in the Ruhr region: problems, potentials and developments


  • Adrian Götting

    (IET/CESNOVA, FCT-Universidade Nova de Lisboa and University Duisburg-Essen)


Due to the decline of the heavy industries in the Ruhr region, the area has to reinvent itself. The orientation towards service industries proves to be a difficult task for the district and its population. This paper examines the challenges, problems and potentials of the Ruhr region against the backdrop of its economical history out of a sociological perspective. Thereby the economical situation and its outcome towards the population stand in the foreground of the paper.

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  • Adrian Götting, 2014. "Structural change in the Ruhr region: problems, potentials and developments," IET Working Papers Series 03/2014, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, IET/CICS.NOVA-Interdisciplinary Centre on Social Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology.
  • Handle: RePEc:ieu:wpaper:55

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    1. Neumann, Uwe & Trettin, Lutz & Zakrzewski, Guido, 2012. "Tourismus im Ruhrgebiet: Chancen für kleine Unternehmen?," RWI Materialien 70, RWI - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung.
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    Ruhr region; structural change; regional development; information technologies; migration; demographic change;
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    JEL classification:

    • J11 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts
    • O43 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Institutions and Growth
    • R52 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Land Use and Other Regulations
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy
    • Y80 - Miscellaneous Categories - - Related Disciplines - - - Related Disciplines

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