Accessibility and economic development in Europe

Vickerman, R.W. and Spiekermann, K. and Wegener, M. (1999) Accessibility and economic development in Europe. Regional Studies, 33 (1). pp. 1-15. ISSN 0034-3404. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

There is continuing debate on the role of transport infrastructure and changes in accessibility on regional economic development. The emphasis in recent European Union policy on the development of trans-European Networks (TENs) provides a focus for a re-evaluation. Much of the debate assumes that improvements in accessibility will lead to economic development and, by implication, to greater cohesion. This paper identifies some of the major difficulties in defining a simple measure of accessibility for use in such studies and proceeds to evaluate new measures of time-space and accessibility surfaces which allow for greater disaggregation at a spatial and sectoral level. An assessment of the implications for regional development in the EU is then made. The conclusions cast doubt on die ability of TENs to promote greater convergence in both accessibility and economic development.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Accesibility Convergence Maps Regional development Time-space Trans-European Networks
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Roger Vickerman
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2009 18:21
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2012 11:57
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/16715 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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