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Integration and the Regions of Europe

How the Right Policies Can Prevent Polarization

By Francis Ruans, Paul Seabright, Pontus Braunerhjelm, Ricardo Faini, and Victor Norman

This report analyses how the geographic pattern of production and employment in Europe will be affected by market integration, increased direct investment, more mobile financial capital and a sharper, global division of labour. The authors then trace the implications of such changes for local policy (local tax, expenditure and industrial policy) and finally discuss how the subsidiary principle should be implemented to ensure that local policies contribute to overall economic efficiency and other common goals.

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