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Governmental activity, integration, and agglomeration

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  • Ott, Ingrid
  • Soretz, Susanne

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This paper analyzes, within a regional growth model, the impact of productive governmental policy and integration on the spatial distribution of economic activity. Integration is understood as enhancing territorial cooperation between the regions, and it describes the extent to which one region may benefit from the other region's public input, e.g. the extent to which regional road networks are connected. Both integration and the characteristics of the public input crucially affect whether agglomeration arises and if so to which extent economic activity is concentrated: As a consequence of enhanced integration, agglomeration is less likely to arise and concentration will be lower. Relative congestion reinforces agglomeration, thereby increasing equilibrium concentration. Due to the congestion externalities, the market outcome ends up in suboptimally high concentration.

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  • Ott, Ingrid & Soretz, Susanne, 2007. "Governmental activity, integration, and agglomeration," HWWI Research Papers 1-10, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:hwwirp:1-10
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    1. Harald Zschiedrich, 2008. "EU-Regionalpolitik im Spagat zwischen Wachstums- und Ausgleichszielen," Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft - WuG, Kammer für Arbeiter und Angestellte für Wien, Abteilung Wirtschaftswissenschaft und Statistik, vol. 34(4), pages 509-533.
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    Keywords

    public inputs; agglomeration; integration;

    JEL classification:

    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity
    • R5 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis

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