The border population effects of EU integration

Brakman, S., Garretsen, H., van Marrewijk, C. & Oumer, A., Feb-2012, In : Journal of Regional Science. 52, 1, p. 40-59 20 p.

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Border cities or regions are in theory more affected by the EU integration process than more central locations as it more drastically influences their transaction costs and market potential. We find a positive empirical effect of EU enlargement as measured by the growth in population share along the integration borders. This effect is active for a limited distance (70 km) and time period (30 years), and is more important for large cities and regions. Despite this positive EU enlargement effect along the border, a location close to a border remains a burden in view of the (larger) negative general border effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-59
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Regional Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb-2012



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