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Economic Geography within and between European Nations: The Role of Market Potential and Density across Space and Time

34 Pages Posted: 27 May 2009  

Steven Brakman

University of Groningen - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Harry Garretsen

Utrecht University - Utrecht University School of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Radboud University Nijmegen - Department of Economics

Charles van Marrewijk

Utrecht University - Utrecht University School of Economics; International Business School Suzhou at XJTLU

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Date Written: May 2009

Abstract

In explaining the uneven spatial distribution of economic activity, urban economics and new economic geography (NEG) dominate recent research in economics. A main difference between these two approaches is that NEG stresses the role of spatial linkages whereas urban economics does not do so. We estimate simple versions of these two views on economic geography and also establish if the relevance of spatial linkages varies across aggregation levels or time. For our sample of 14 European countries and 213 corresponding regions, we find that spatial linkages are more important at the country level and that its relevance varies across time.

JEL Classification: F12, F13, R11, R15

Suggested Citation

Brakman, Steven and Garretsen, Harry and van Marrewijk, Charles, Economic Geography within and between European Nations: The Role of Market Potential and Density across Space and Time (May 2009). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2658. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1410578

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Charles Van Marrewijk

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