DP1292 The Geography of Multi-Speed Europe

Author(s): Philippe Martin, Gianmarco Ottaviano
Publication Date: November 1995
Keyword(s): Agglomeration, Convergence, Location, Multi-Speed Integration
JEL(s): F15, F21, R12
Programme Areas: International Trade and Regional Economics
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This paper describes the possible impact of multi-speed integration on the location of economic activities in Europe. We present a model where two countries integrate their economies and leave a third temporarily outside because of its lower income. We analyse the effect of different integration sequences on industrial location and convergence during the transition period and in the long term, with and without agglomeration economies. Without agglomeration economies, income differentials at the time of integration are the main determinant of industry location. A long transition period may then be called for to avert concentration in the core countries. On the contrary, with migration the temporary exclusion of the poor country may trigger agglomeration in the rich integrated core.