Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/2879
Authors: 
Krieger-Boden, Christiane
Year of Publication: 
2002
Series/Report no.: 
Kiel Working Paper 1135
Abstract: 
The ongoing process of European integration is likely to increase trade and factor mobility thereby increasing interregional competition and affecting the interregional division of labor. From a theoretical standpoint, rising specialization and polarization of European regions may result from this process, and may entail a growing core-periphery-divide of regional income. Such a supposition evokes questions on the need of an accompanying compensatory regional policy and its adequate design. I find that a case for regional policy cannot be denied, but that the EU largely overstates the need for such a policy at EU level, and should abstain from direct structural interventions into regional economies.
Subjects: 
regional policy
regional specialization
regional polarization
EU structural policy
integration
JEL: 
F12
F15
N11
R12
R58
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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