Alexander Kubis - Mirko Titze - Joachim Ragnitz
Structural change and spatial growth poles

Abstract: Regional economic policy faces the challenge of two competing policy goals - reducing regional economic disparities vs. promoting economic growth. The allocation of public funds has to weigh these goals particularly under the restriction of scarce financial resources. If, however, some region turns out to be a regional growth pole with positive spillovers to its disadvantaged periphery, regional policies could be designed to reconcile the conflicting targets. In this case, peripheral regions could indirectly participate in the economic development of their growing cores. We start our investigation by defining and identifying such growth poles among German regions on the NUTS 3 administrative level based on spatial and sectoral effects. Using cluster analysis, we determine significant characteristics for the general identification of growth poles. Patterns in the sectoral change are identified by means of the change in the dependent employment relationships. Finally, we analyze whether and to what extent these growth poles exert spatial spillover effects on neighbouring regions and thus mitigate contradictory interests in regional public policy. For this purpose, we apply a Spatial-Cross-Regressive-Model (SCR-Model) including the change in the secondary sector which allows to consider functional economic relations on the administrative level chosen (NUTS 3).

JEL: R12.
Keywords: Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activit.



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