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The spatial income structure in the European Union—what role for Economic Geography?

Breinlich, Holger (2006) The spatial income structure in the European Union—what role for Economic Geography? Journal of Economic Geography, 6 (5). pp. 593-617.

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Abstract

Regional per capita income levels in the European Union display large variations and a strong centre-periphery gradient. This paper examines to what degree proximity to markets can explain this pattern. Using a New Economic Geography model, I derive an econometric specification relating income levels to a trade cost and price index weighted sum of the surrounding locations' GDP. I estimate this specification for a sample of 193 EU regions for 1975–1997 and find an important role for market access. However, its main benefits seem to come from increased incentives for physical and human capital accumulation and not from direct trade cost savings.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Breinlich, Holgerh.breinlich@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 28 September 2006
DOI : 10.1093/jeg/lbl018
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 24 May 2018 13:28
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 19:10
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/846514

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