DP3999 The Spatial Distribution of Economic Activities in the EU

Author(s): Pierre-Philippe Combes, Henry G Overman
Publication Date: August 2003
Keyword(s): descriptive statistics, empirical studies, european union, location
JEL(s): F14, F15, R12
Programme Areas: International Trade and Regional Economics
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This Paper considers the spatial distribution of economic activities in the European Union. It has three main aims: (i) to describe the data that is available in the EU and give some idea of the rich spatial data sets that are fast becoming available at the national level; (ii) to present descriptive evidence on the location of aggregate activity and particular industries and to consider how these location patterns are changing over time; (iii) to consider the nature of the agglomeration and dispersion forces that determine these patterns and to contrast them to forces acting elsewhere, in particular the US. Our survey suggests that much has been achieved in the wave of empirical work that has occurred in the past decade, but that much work remains to be done.