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Telecommunications infrastructure and regional economic development: The case of Poland

Book or journal references : Regional Studies, vol. 38, pp. 713-725 (2004).

Author(s) : Cieslik , A. and Kaniewsk , M.

Abstract :

We develop a theoretical model that establishes a link between telecommunications infrastructure and the regional level of income. This relationship is subsequently tested using Polish regional panel data for the 1990s. The empirical results confirm that there exists a positive and statistically significant causal relationship between telecommunications infrastructure and income at the regional level. With causality running from telecommunications to income, telecommunications policy should be viewed as an important part of regional policy aimed at reducing spatial income disparities in Poland. We can expect that EU enlargement and the harmonization of Polish telecommunication law with EU regulations should contribute to more even regional development in Poland.

Keywords :

telecommunication infrastructure; regional income disparities; law harmonization; European union; accession GROWTH; AGGLOMERATION; GEOGRAPHY; CAUSALITY; POLICY

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