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Repenser Le Futur De La Politique De Cohésion Européenne Pour Les Pays D'Europe Centrale Et Orientale : La Prise En Compte De L'Espace Géographique Comme Piste De Recherche
[The necessity of taking into account the geographical space for the future of the European cohesion policy, a new line of thinking]


  • Bourdin, Sebastien


With the enlargements of the European Union in the East in 2004 and 2007, the regional economic disparities increased profoundly and an effort of solidarity between states was necessary. This paper proposes to identify between the explanatory factors at the origin of the uneven distribution of wealth between regions in Central and Eastern Europe countries. Both the role of the political and economic transition which took place in these countries and that of the geographical distance from metropolis and the border of Europe's Fifteen member states will be put forward. in the debate between efficiency and equity of european structural Funds, we shall wonder on the eventuality of a cohesion policy rethoughttaking into account the proximity's effects on the regional growth and on the reduction of economic disparities. The results of our calculations of global and local spatial autocorrelation suggest new lines of research.

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  • Bourdin, Sebastien, 2010. "Repenser Le Futur De La Politique De Cohésion Européenne Pour Les Pays D'Europe Centrale Et Orientale : La Prise En Compte De L'Espace Géographique Comme Piste De Recherche
    [The necessity of taking
    ," MPRA Paper 44147, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:44147

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    1. Bourdin, Sebastien & Elissalde, Bernard & Langlois, Patrice & Goya, Dominique, 2011. "Une approche prospective de la configuration des disparités économiques régionales au sein de l'Union européenne par la modélisation et la simulation
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    European regional policy – enlargement – regional economic disparities – regional growth – spatial autocorrelation;

    JEL classification:

    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy
    • P2 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)


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