Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/184459
Authors: 
Sorhun, Engin
Year of Publication: 
2018
Citation: 
[Journal:] Comparative Economic Research [Volume:] 21 [Year:] 2018 [Issue:] 1 [Pages:] 83-100
Abstract: 
Based on the assumption that the economic integration process contributes, via market reforms, to the dynamics of the space distribution in candidate countries, this study examines (i) whether agglomeration forces or dispersion forces are dominant; (ii) whether EU-integration causes a structural break to the space distribution over time; (iii) whether EU-integration makes the city-size distribution more even or uneven in eight eastern European Union members (EU-8). To carry out the analysis, the Ziwot-Andrew and Cusum Square tests are used to detect structural breaks; the ARDL Bound test is used to reveal the interaction between long-run and short-run equilibrium; and the Granger test is used to determine the direction of the causality among the variables. The main results are: the integration with the EU (i) caused a structural break to the city-size distribution, (ii) made the city-size distribution more uneven and (iii) stimulated the agglomerating forces over the spreading forces in the EU-8.
Subjects: 
City-size distribution
rank-size rule
Zipf's Law
EU integration
new member and candidate countries
ARDL
Bound test
Granger causality test
JEL: 
R12
R15
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Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0
Document Type: 
Article
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