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Jurgita Bruneckiene () and Jolita Sinkiene ()
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Jurgita Bruneckiene: Kaunas University of Technology
Jolita Sinkiene: Kaunas University of Technology

Equilibrium. Quarterly Journal of Economics and Economic Policy, 2015, vol. 10, issue 4, 133-149

Abstract: The topic of “urban shrinkage” is receiving increasing attention in the political urban agendas of many countries. In the global market, cities, which suffer from consequences of urban decline, confront with new challenges in finding and applying creative solutions to strengthen their economic development and competitiveness. Shrinkage processes are especially widespread in the cities which are smaller and less attractive to live and work. The same tendencies are seen at national border regions. The article explains the general causes and consequences of urban shrinkage process emphasizing problems that have a direct impact on the improvement of urban economic competitiveness. The urban economic competitiveness evaluation methodology under the context of shrinkage is developed and its practical applicability is verified on the example of border cities. Various strategies of solving problems of shrinkage are overlooked. Recommendations to improve the economic development and competitiveness of Lithuanian-Polish cross border cities Alytus and Elk in the context of urban shrinkage are introduced.

Keywords: shrinking cities; border region; economic competitiveness of cities; Lithuania – Poland (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O11 O18 R11 R58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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