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The role of economic integration for European cities and border regions [PhD Abdella Oumer, 2 June]

28 May 2014

PhD ceremony: Mr A.M. Oumer
When: June 02, 2014, 16:15h
Promotors: prof. dr. S. (Steven) Brakman, prof. dr. J.H. (Harry) Garretsen
Where: Doopsgezinde Kerk


The growth of cities depends on their location and access to markets. Geographical and institutional obstacles – such as national borders – limit that access. Oumer shows how different measures to stimulate economic integration affects the growth of cities. His study focuses in particular on border regions. It shows that national borders have a negative effect on the development of cities in the border regions. On the other hand, towns in the border regions benefit most from measures that try to stimulate economic integration. These effects are asymmetric; sometimes towns on one side of the border profit, while towns on the other side of the border are negatively affected. Finally, Oumers thesis provides some evidence for the effectiveness of cross-border twinning as an alternative way to break down border barriers.

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