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The Egnatia Motorway and The Changes in Interregional Trade in Greece: An Ex Ante Assessment

Serafeim Polyzos
  • Department of Planning and Regional Development, School of Engineering, University of Thessaly, Pedion Areos, Volos, 38 334, Greece
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Published Online: 2010-01-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10105-009-0011-7

The Egnatia Motorway and The Changes in Interregional Trade in Greece: An Ex Ante Assessment

The Egnatia Motorway, located in the northern part of Greece, constitutes one of the most important, as well as ambitious, projects of the Trans-European Transport Networks programme (TETN) funded by the European Commission. It is expected to greatly influence the spatial economic relationships of several regions across the country. The motorway crosses all administrative regions of Northern Greece, and the expectations currently sustained by the public as regards its contribution to regional development are exceptionally great. As numerous empirical studies have already shown, the most important changes in regional economy induced by interregional transportation infrastructure are associated with trade flows between different regions. This paper analyses the major determinants of interregional trade in Greece and estimates the changes in interregional trade flows which the construction of the Egnatia Motorway is capable of generating.

Keywords: interregional trade; transportation; regional economic development; productivity

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Published Online: 2010-01-13

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Citation Information: European Spatial Research and Policy, Volume 16, Issue 2, Pages 23–47, ISSN (Online) 1896-1525, ISSN (Print) 1231-1952, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10105-009-0011-7.

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