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Research agenda book
The objective of this list is to suggest certain research topics in the area of spatial economics and economic integration.
• A lesson for the EU is that the Single Market Programme (integration deepening) provided some opportunities for concentration of production in select hotspots, as well as for rationalisation of business operations. Amiti (1998; 1999) found some evidence that this took place in some manufacturing industries, including industrial chemicals, petroleum, textiles, plastics, iron and steel, machinery and transport equipment. These are all industries that are subject to economies of scale and which have a high proportion of intermediate inputs in final production. Hence, this provides some support for the arguments of the new theory of spatial economics. In the period 197689 geographical concentration increased in thirty out of sixty-five recorded industries, concentration fell in twelve industries (the biggest fall was in the manufacturing of concrete for construction), while there was no significant change in geographical concentration in other industries (Amiti, 1999: 580). On the other hand, a study by the European Commission observed that an ‘examination of data offers mixed evidence for the contention that the single market is leading to a geographical concentration’ (European Commission, 1998: 67) and that there is ‘little evidence of concentration occurring in the EC’ (European Commission, 1998: 69). Hence, this topic demands further research.