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Spatial integration in European cross-border metropolitan regions: A comparative approach

  • DECOVILLE Antoine
  • DURAND Frédéric
  • SOHN Christophe
  • WALTHER Olivier

This article analyses the process of spatial integration in ten European cross-border metropolitan regions. On the basis of three indicators, relating to flows of cross-border commuters, gross domestic product and the housing market, it suggests that spatial integration can be viewed as a process of convergence between distinct territories, resulting from the intensification of interaction between social, political and economic actors. Our results allow, firstly, confirmation of the hypothesis that the greater the economic disparities, the greater the level of interactions measured by cross-border commuting. Our work also shows that strong economic interactions have an impact on the cross-border integration of communities, measured by the proportion of residents based on the other side of the border. Finally, this article leads to three models of cross-border integration being proposed: by specialisation, by polarisation and by osmosis.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2010
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Handle: RePEc:irs:cepswp:2010-40
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  2. George Petrakos & Lefteris Topaloglou, 2008. "Economic geography and European integration: the effects on the EU's external border regions," International Journal of Public Policy, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 3(3/4), pages 146-162.
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