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An Account of Geographic Concentration Patterns in Europe

Marius Brülhart and Rolf Traeger

No 226, HWWA Discussion Papers from Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA)

Abstract: Using entropy indices and associated bootstrap tests, we describe the distribution of economic sectors across Western European regions over the 1975-2000 period. We decompose geographic concentration into its within-country and between-country components. In addition, we estimate centre-periphery gradients in sectoral location patterns and the impact of EU membership on countries' internal geography. It is found that manufacturing has become gradually more concentrated, although the locational bias towards central regions has become weaker. Conversely, market services have been relocating towards centrally located regions. EU integration appears to have strengthened countries' internal concentration trends.

Keywords: geographic concentration; EU regions; centre-periphery gradients; entropy indices; bootstrap inference (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R14 F15 R12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003
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