The Border Population Effects of EU Integration

Posted: 1 Feb 2012

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Steven Brakman

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

Harry Garretsen

University of Groningen

Charles van Marrewijk

Utrecht University - School of Economics

Abdella Oumer

University of Groningen - Faculty of Economics and Business

Date Written: February 2012

Abstract

Border cities or regions are in theory more affected by the EU integration process than more central locations as it more drastically influences their transaction costs and market potential. We find a positive empirical effect of EU enlargement as measured by the growth in population share along the integration borders. This effect is active for a limited distance (70 km) and time period (30 years), and is more important for large cities and regions. Despite this positive EU enlargement effect along the border, a location close to a border remains a burden in view of the (larger) negative general border effect.

Suggested Citation

Brakman, Steven and Garretsen, Harry and van Marrewijk, Charles and Oumer, Abdella, The Border Population Effects of EU Integration (February 2012). Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 52, Issue 1, pp. 40-59, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1996905 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9787.2011.00752.x

Steven Brakman (Contact Author)

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Harry Garretsen

University of Groningen ( email )

Charles Van Marrewijk

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Abdella Oumer

University of Groningen - Faculty of Economics and Business ( email )

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