Structure of the EU28 plus ukraine economic region from the growth pole theory perspective
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Economic and debt crisis in Europe has brought along the question which member states could become a source of future economic growth of EU28 region. With respect to this question, this paper aims to contribute to this debate by identifying possible economic growth poles within the EU28 economic region. In light of recent debate centered on the future of the Ukraine we use a broad definition of the European economic space with EU28 as well as the Ukraine included. Our results show that the dominance of the United Kingdom has been successfully challenged by Germany and Poland represents the only country from the “new” EU countries that can be labeled as a European growth pole. Additionally, the heterogeneous distribution of growth pole potential partially resembles the distribution based on Zipf’s law but with a growth potential concentrated more in the upper part than in the case of Zipf’s law benchmark.
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