A map of the fractal structure of high-tech dynamics across EU regions

Wirkierman, Ariel Luis; Ciarli, Tommaso and Savona, Maria. 2021. A map of the fractal structure of high-tech dynamics across EU regions. Working Paper. UNU-MERIT Working Papers, Maastricht, The Netherlands. [Report]

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The paper provides a novel, theoretically driven map of EU regional asymmetries, based on the shares and dynamics of high-tech employment and wages, as well as the structure of inter-regional Input- Output relations at the EU NUTS-1 regional level. We use data from EUROSTAT and the EU-REGIO database to perform a trade-aware shift- share analysis coupled with a hierarchical clustering. We show that EU regions present a fractal structure of asymmetries, i.e. the emergence of core-periphery relations at progressively smaller scales, in relation to both spatial and trade dimensions. We identify regional clusters labelled 'consolidated core', 'declining core', 'emerging cities', 'declining peripheries' and 'CEE factories', and we show that there is a polarising dynamics between driving and follower clusters, drawing implications for EU cohesion policy.

Item Type:

Report (Working Paper)


Regional high-tech employment, Regional wage rate differentials, Cluster Analysis, European cohesion policy

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Institute of Management Studies
Institute of Management Studies > Structural Economic Analysis


17 May 2021

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Date Deposited:

14 Jun 2021 09:38

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26 Feb 2024 13:41



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