25 Jahre IWH

Bastian Heider

Bastian Heider
Aktuelle Position

seit 10/14

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle (IWH)

Forschungsschwerpunkte

  • institutioneller Wandel
  • Regionalökonomik
  • Städtesysteme

Seit 2014 ist Bastian Heider am IWH als Doktorand beschäftigt. Er befasst sich primär mit Fragen des städtischen Standortwettbewerbs sowie regionalwirtschaftlichen Effekten von Institutionen insbesondere in Transformationsökonomien.

Bastian Heider studierte Wirtschaftsgeographie, Volkswirtschaftslehre und Politikwissenschaften an der Leibniz Universität Hannover und der Universidade de Lisboa.

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Publikationen

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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 , im Erscheinen

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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Arbeitspapiere

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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-Diskussionspapiere , Nr. 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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