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See detailEvaluation of the spatial and economic effectiveness of industrial land policies in Northwest Europe
Vandermeer, Marie-Caroline; Halleux, Jean-Marie ULiege

in European Planning Studies (2017)

This article stems from the discrepancy between the lack of attention paid to industrial land policy by academics and the predominant thought among elected representatives and development agencies, i.e ... [more ▼]

This article stems from the discrepancy between the lack of attention paid to industrial land policy by academics and the predominant thought among elected representatives and development agencies, i.e. that industrial land policy plays a key role in the creation of growth and new jobs. The article begins with a reflection on the literature, which stresses the need to develop knowledge on industrial land policies. To help fill this research gap, we have developed an exploratory piece of research on the theme of their spatial and economic effectiveness, on the basis of statistical analyses dedicated to seven countries. As regards spatial effectiveness, the results underline significant national differentials in terms of land consumption on the one hand, while highlighting the economic sprawl that affects France and Belgium on the other hand. As regards economic effectiveness, our results show that the impact of the development of economic estates on growth depends largely on regional contexts. In particular, the “intermediate regions” in western Germany stand out as belonging to a specific context where land policies seem particularly effective from an economic standpoint. By contrast, the economic effectiveness of industrial land policies requires readjustments in most “predominantly rural regions, close to a city”. [less ▲]

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See detailMarket potential, productivity and foreign direct investment: some evidence from three case studies
Artige, Lionel ULiege; Nicolini, Rosella

in European Planning Studies (2010), 18(2), 147-168

This paper aims at analysing the importance of local determinants to foreign direct investment (FDI) in three European regional case studies. The originality of the approach lies in the use of ... [more ▼]

This paper aims at analysing the importance of local determinants to foreign direct investment (FDI) in three European regional case studies. The originality of the approach lies in the use of disaggregated data by sector and by region. The results are threefold. First, regional demand and productivity are fundamental FDI determinants, confirming most studies with national data. Second, regional FDI inflows are more dependent on regional than national determinants. Finally, the effect of market potential measured with absolute GDP on regional FDI diminishes linearly with distance and does not when measured with GDP per capita. [less ▲]

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