The Regional Impact of the Internal Market: An Analysis for Lagging Regions

Part of the Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation book series (ESTI, volume 9)


Studies of the application of the Single European Act have revealed two types of consideration, one concerning the macro-economic effects of the Internal Market and the other concerning its spatial effects. On the first, the Cecchini Report [Commission of the European Communities (1988)] favoured a global, amplified growth of the national economies of the Community. This growth is justified by scale savings achieved with the abolition of frontiers and, above all, by the harmonization of production and marketing standards. Surprisingly, the regional dimension appears to have been given on consideration in this approach to the problem, except for the postulation that general growth will benefit the whole of the European Community irrespective of existing spatial imbalances.


Comparative Advantage Productive Fabric Regional Impact Export Subsidy Public Market 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RIDERUniversité Catholique de LouvainLouvain-la-NeuveBelgium

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