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The spatial distribution of economic activities in the European Union

Combes, Pierre-Philippe and Overman, Henry G. ORCID: 0000-0002-3525-7629 (2004) The spatial distribution of economic activities in the European Union. In: Henderson, J. V. and Thisse, J. F., (eds.) Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics: Cities and Geography. Handbooks in economics. North-Holland, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 2845-2910. ISBN 9780444509673

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Identification Number: 10.1016/S0169-7218(04)07064-9


This paper considers the spatial distribution of economic activities in the European Union. It has three main aims. (i) To describe the data that is available in the EU and give some idea of the rich spatial data sets that are fast becoming available at the national level. (ii) To present descriptive evidence on the location of aggregate activity and particular industries and to consider how these location patterns are changing over time. (iii) To consider the nature of the agglomeration and dispersion forces that determine these patterns and to contrast them to forces acting elsewhere, particularly in the U.S. Our survey suggests that much has been achieved in the wave of empirical work that has occurred in the past decade, but that much work remains to be done.

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Additional Information: © 2004 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Spatial Economics Research Centre
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
JEL classification: F - International Economics > F1 - Trade > F14 - Country and Industry Studies of Trade
F - International Economics > F1 - Trade > F15 - Economic Integration
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R12 - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2008 15:18
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2024 03:00

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