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Functional Economic Regions, Accessibility and Regional Develop­ment
CESIS, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping, Sweden / Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden / University of Southern Denmark, Sönderborg, Denmark.
University of Skövde, School of Business. University of Skövde, Enterprises for the Future.
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Abstract [en]

In this paper, we first present how one can create functional economic regions. Then, we elaborate on the economic activity and spatial interaction, which forms functional regions, and the development of the system of functional regions. Our presentation shows that the economy is structured in functional regions, and hence it is important to use functional regions in economic studies, in order to produce correct results, and for regional policy, in order for the policy to be effective. We observe, that the often used NUTS-regions are very large compared to the functional regions. We argue, therefore, that the use of NUTS-regions ought to be replaced by the use of functional regions. This would lead to more reliable results and better policy outcomes.

Keyword [en]
Functional economic region, accessibility, infrastructure, network, regional policy, Europe
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Humanities and Social sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-11248OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-11248DiVA: diva2:828137

(CESIS Electronic Working Paper Series 415). Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies.

Available from: 2015-06-29 Created: 2015-06-29 Last updated: 2015-12-10Bibliographically approved

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