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WI Institute of Rural Economics

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Occupational Choice from a spatial perspective

Why do individuals choose a certain occupation? What influences have regional determinants like labour market and industry structure on the decision? These questions are especially important for rural areas with regard to the current German skill-shortage.

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Occupational Choice from a spatial perspective

Economic effects of the spatially uneven distribution of workers as well as firms

In Germany pronounced regional disparities with regard to economic strength exist. They show up, i.a., between rural and urbanised regions. Therefore, we analyse the impact of the spatially uneven distribution of workers and firms on their economic success in terms of productivity and the generation of innovations, respectively.

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Economic effects of the spatially uneven distribution of workers as well as firms

The spatial mobility of labour over working life - Analyses for rural areas in Germany

The local availability of human capital is of high importance for the economic development of rural areas. In particular in times of demographic change, the spatial mobility of labour is a crucial determinant of the human capital endowment of a region.

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The spatial mobility of labour over working life - Analyses for rural areas in Germany

Industry dynamics in rural areas

The economy is in a constant state of change due to technological advances, increasing income, changing demand patterns and shifts of the global production structure. Regions’ affectedness by this structural change differs depending on industry structure and the availability of jobs, capital and knowledge, differs, as does the predominance of various branches.

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Industry dynamics in rural areas

Regional economic resilience in Germany and Europe

The recession of 2008/2009 has led to the so far biggest economic downturn in Germany of the post-war period. Today, the crisis provides illustrative material about how the economic resilience of countries, regions and firms to external shocks can be improved.

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Regional economic resilience in Germany and Europe

Rural Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship can have a positive impact on the development of industries and regions. Theoretical and empirical research findings suggest that incidence, causes and effects of entrepreneurship differ significantly between rural and non-rural regions. However, these differences have not been sufficiently investigated so far.

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Rural Entrepreneurship

Financial resources and room for manoeuvre of rural municipalities

Rural municipalities are often considered to be left behind and fiscally weak in the public discourse. However, empirical evidence shows a heterogeneous spatial distribution of financially weak and financially strong municipalities. In this research project, we identify determinants that explain these disparities.

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Financial resources and room for manoeuvre of rural municipalities

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