Financial Sector in Germany and the UK in the Wake of the Crisis: Size, Structure and Spatial Concentration
24 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2014
Date Written: July 15, 2014
We use employment data for 2008-12 to analyse the impact of the subprime and Eurozone crises on the British and German financial sector. In the UK the sector contracted and its spatial concentration increased across regions and urban hierarchy, with London as the sole winner. In Germany there has been no contraction overall, and no significant change in the spatial distribution of financial employment. We argue that while in both countries forced consolidation and financial re-regulation have acted as centripetal forces, in Germany they have been offset by strong regional and local banking, underpinned by a decentralized state.
Keywords: crisis, financial centres, UK, Germany
JEL Classification: G20, P16, R11, R38
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