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Agglomeration and cross-border infrastructure

  • Diego Puga


    (IMDEA Social Sciences, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and CEPR)

This paper deals with the effects of cross-border transport infrastructure in the presence of agglomeration economies. Cross-border infrastructure is more likely to increase than to decrease inequalities between and within regions, and has not helped regional convergence in Europe. Under-investment due to spillovers, coordination failures, and the inadequacy of networks originally designed for national markets provide a role for supranational institutions. Hub-and-spoke networks tend to increase urban primacy while cross-border transport connections tend to reduce it. Improvements in transport and communication allow firms to separate innovation, management and production, increasing efficiency and urban interdependence.

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Paper provided by Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados (IMDEA) Ciencias Sociales in its series Working Papers with number 2008-06.

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Date of creation: 24 Jun 2008
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Publication status: Published in European Investment Bank Papers 13(2), July 2008: 102-124
Handle: RePEc:imd:wpaper:wp2008-06
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