25 Years IWH

Bastian Heider

Bastian Heider
Current Position

since 10/14

Economist in the Research Area Urban Economics

Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association

Research Interests

  • institutional change
  • regional economics
  • urban systems

In 2014, Bastian Heider joined the IWH as a PhD student in the Research Area Urban Economics. His research focuses on competition of urban business locations as well as regional economic effects of institutions, especially in transition economies.

Bastian Heider studied Geography, Economics and Political Science at the Leibniz University of Hannover and the University of Lisbon.

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Publications

Does Administrative Status Matter for Urban Growth? – Evidence from Present and Former County Capitals in East Germany

Bastian Heider Martin T. W. Rosenfeld Albrecht Kauffmann

in: Growth and Change , forthcoming

Abstract

Public sector activities are often neglected in the economic approaches used to analyze the driving forces behind urban growth. The institutional status of a regional capital is a crucial aspect of public sector activities. This paper reports on a quasi-natural experiment on county towns in East Germany. Since 1990, cities in East Germany have demonstrated remarkable differences in population development. During this same period, many towns have lost their status as a county seat due to several administrative reforms. Using a difference-in-difference approach, the annual population development of former county capitals is compared to population change in towns that have successfully held on to their capital status throughout the observed period. The estimations show that maintaining county capital status has a statistically significant positive effect on annual changes in population. This effect is furthermore increasing over time after the implementation of the respective reforms.

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Working Papers

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Does Administrative Status Matter for Urban Growth? Evidence from Present and Former County Capitals in East Germany

Bastian Heider Albrecht Kauffmann Martin T. W. Rosenfeld

in: IWH Discussion Papers , No. 24, 2016

Abstract

Public sector activities are often neglected in the economic approaches used to analyze the driving forces behind urban growth. The institutional status of a regional capital is a crucial aspect of public sector activities. This paper reports on a quasi-natural experiment on county towns in East Germany. Since 1990, cities in East Germany have demonstrated remarkable differences in population development. During this same period, many towns have lost their status as a county seat due to several administrative reforms. Using a difference-in-difference approach, the annual population development of former county capitals is compared to population change in towns that have successfully held on to their capital status throughout the observed period. The estimations show that maintaining county capital status has a statistically significant positive effect on annual changes in population. This effect is furthermore increasing over time after the implementation of the respective reforms.

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