Agglomeration of European industries

Michael A. Landesmann, Joris Melchior Schröder

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This chapter analyses the agglomeration of industrial activity across European regions over the past two decades. This period was characterized by the development of potent cross-border regional production networks in manufacturing in Central Europe that include both the more advanced regions of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Northern Italy, Sweden, and those of the new EU member states of Central and Eastern Europe. These developments were accompanied by serious deindustrialization processes in other parts of Europe which in turn had important macroeconomic implications in the form of sustained external imbalances. The chapter explores the geographic agglomeration of industrial activity in Europe, but also that of ‘advanced tradable services’ in which the more advanced regions of Europe can counter balance the loss of manufacturing. It also gives evidence of cross-border (vertical and functional) specialization patterns that characterize regional production networks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Industrial Hubs and Economic Development
EditorsArkebe Oqubay, Justin Yifu Lin
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780191885518, 9780192590930
ISBN (Print)9780198850434
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameOxford Handbooks


  • regional agglomeration in Europe
  • manufacturing
  • industrial hubs
  • , cross-border production networks
  • Central European manufacturing core


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