Transformation tables for administrative borders in Germany

The state has the ability to change the original spatial structure of its administrative regions. The stated goal of such a (municipal) territorial reform is usually an improvement in the performance of individual municipalities regarding planning, administrative and political matters. Since the German reunification in 1990, there have been a number of territorial reforms, especially in the New Federal States (Neue Bundesländer), through which municipalities and districts were merged or split up.

The tables provided here are meant to help users by facilitating work with longitudinal German regional data covering such territorial reforms and hence different territorial states.

A brief overview of the contents and structure of the available tables can be found here.

Access to the files

The IWH provides external researchers with these tables for statistical recalculation of districts and municipalities and the creation of temporally consistent territorial states for non-commercial research purposes only. The data is provided as downloadable Excel files. Access is granted upon application.

Please complete the application form with your personal data and a detailed research proposal, which documents your research interest. Based on this information we will conclude a user contract. Please note our terms of use.

We would like to point out that this free-of-charge offer is intended as assistance for scientists and was created with great care. However, we can not guarantee accuracy, correctness or up-to-dateness of the provided files (further information on the disclaimer of liability can be found in the imprint).

For further questions please contact: fdz@iwh-halle.de.

Publications

Kauffmann, A. (2015a): Wie lässt sich die Bevölkerungsentwicklung von Städten korrekt ermitteln? Eine Methode zur Bereinigung amtlicher Daten um die Effekte von Gebietsänderungen am Beispiel von Ostdeutschland. IWH-Online 5/2015: Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle. LINK

Kauffmann, A. (2015b): Bevölkerungsentwicklung seit 1990 und weitere demographische Indikatoren von 132 ostdeutschen Städten in konstanten Grenzen von 2013. Abbildungsanhang zu IWH-Online 5/2015: Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle. LINK

Kauffmann, A. (2017): Schlüsselbrücken und Matrizen zur statistischen Rückrechnung von Gebietsständen (Gebietsstands-Transformation) für Gemeinden und Kreise Deutschlands. LINK

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Demolition and revitalisation. Does urban renewal in saxony oust the historic buildings?

Dominik Weiß

in: Vhw Forum Wohneigentum, No. 6, 2007

Abstract

The article presents empirical results about state-subsidised demolition and urban regeneration activities in the context of the support programme "Stadtumbau Ost". It considers particularly the different treatment of urban districts with historic buildings and the areas with blocks of housing.

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Knowledge-Based Economy and Urban Development in Germany

Peter Franz

in: Die anderen Städte. IBA Stadtumbau 2010 - The other Cities, Bd. 4: Profilierung von Städten - Urban Distinctiveness, Berlin (Jovis) (Edition Bauhaus, Bd. Nr. 22), 2006

Abstract

The article examines the response of the German university system to an increasingly knowledge-based economy in comparison to the US. Additionally the potential role of universities in urban development is analysed. Several indicators show that several regulations of the German university system have to be changed for adapting it to the requirements of a knowledge-based economy.

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Wie steht es in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern um die Ballung wirtschaftlicher Aktivitäten? - Eine Untersuchung unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Städte des Landes

Gerhard Heimpold Martin T. W. Rosenfeld

in: Rostocker Beiträge zur Regional- und Strukturforschung, Heft 18, No. 18, 2006

Abstract

Urban and regional economics put great emphasis on urban spaces and, in general, on the importance of agglomeration forces, which is of great importance for the development perspectives of structurally weak regions. This in mind, the contribution investigates the extent and the structures of economic agglomeration characteristics, using the example of the cities in the Federal State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In this context, the question is raised whether the potential given there might be better used to achieve economic progress. The contribution starts with a brief theoretical overview on the importance of agglomeration forces for urban and regional development. The empirical section comprises, first, an analysis how the cities under consideration are endowed with factors being regarded as important for economic growth; second, two essential elements of agglomeration of economic activities are investigated more in-depth: spatially concentrated industries and business networks. The investigation is based on a method which was already in use within an East-Germany wide study on Economic Development Spots (project on behalf of the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning - BBR, finished in 2004). Finally, the contribution draws implications for the economic policy at the Laender level as well as at the municipal level.

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Wirtschaftliche Rahmenbedingungen Leipzigs

Peter Franz

in: Leipzig 2020. Europäische Metropole oder mitteldeutsche Provinzperle? - alternative Visionen -, Beiträge des Workshops in Leipzig am 11. Juni 2005, 2005

Abstract

In comparing important economic indicators of several German city regions the economic future of the East German city of Leipzig is discussed . A special feature of the population in this region is the optimistic attitude with regards to the future regional development.

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Declining population and rising costs for municipal services

Peter Haug

in: Wirtschaft im Wandel, No. 11, 2004

Abstract

Population decrease in many East-German towns and municipalities does not only increase the stock of empty residential buildings. It also makes provision of network-related goods and services more costly. Considering public water and sewerage services as example, the article investigates empirically how costs of provision per inhabitant depend on population number and -density. Diverging from similar studies, spatial differences in distribution costs per inhabitant are calculated within the area of a case study municipality. The calculations are based on cost accounting data of the local provider. A central problem is the choice of an appropriate spatial key figure to allocate costs. The results indicate cost advantages in providing densely populated quarters with network-related services. Consequently, rising per-capita costs should be taken into account to a greater extent for the city conversion programmes in East Germany than they have been up to now.

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The economic structure of the largest East German cities: economic differences increase

Cordula Winkler

in: Wirtschaft im Wandel, No. 2, 2004

Abstract

Especially large cities come into appearance within the field of interregional competition, while trying to attract enterprises and mobile production factors. Against this background, the paper examines the economic stage of development of the largest East German cities. In addition to the actual situation we have a look at the development of cities since the middle of the 90ies. Relating to the actual economic situation, the findings show great economic differences between cities. Nevertheless, none of the large cities have taken on a leading position for all considered indicators. Instead of this each large city has its own specific strengths and weaknesses – compared with the other large cities as well as compared with East Germany on the whole. In addition, a comparison with the situation in 1995 shows, that the degree of differentiation between cities has increased. This development goes along with a strengthening of specific economic profiles, particularly in smaller large cities.

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The Olympic Games raise hopes for regional development policy: Economic effects of the infrastructure investments planned for the Olympic Games in 2012 in Leipzig

Peter Franz Franz Kronthaler

in: Wirtschaft im Wandel, No. 7, 2003

Abstract

Together with the cities of Chemnitz, Dresden, Halle and Riesa the East German city of Leipzig has applied as venue for the Olympic Games 2012. With its application Leipzig competed with four economically by far stronger West German cities (Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Hamburg). On April 12, 2003 the National Olympic Committee had to elect the national candidate for 2012 out of this bundle of five applying cities and nominated Leipzig. With the organization of this big event the city of Leipzig and its partner cities expect a strong impulse for regional development. This study tries to estimate the potential economic effects of the planned investment with regard to infrastructure. Important results: Regarding directly the job effects connected with the investment and development of the infrastructure about 3,500 additional jobs are to be expected for a period of ten years. The infrastructure investment planned so far for the Olympiad will contribute only partially to eliminate important infrastructural bottlenecks in the region. Nevertheless the planned infrastructure facilities would have the effect that the new ‘olympia region Leipzig’ would remain attractive also after 2012 as venue for large sport events.

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Regional economic effects of hosting the Olympic Games 2012 in Leipzig and its partner towns - An analysis of infrastructure investments

Peter Franz Franz Kronthaler

in: IWH-Sonderhefte, No. 1, 2003

Abstract

Together with the cities of Chemnitz, Dresden, Halle and Riesa the East German city of Leipzig has applied as venue for the Olympic Games 2012. With its application Leipzig competed with four economically by far stronger West German cities (Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Hamburg). On April 12, 2003 the National Olympic Committee had to elect the national candidate for 2012 out of this bundle of five applying cities and nominated Leipzig. With the organization of this big event the city of Leipzig and its partner cities expect a strong impulse for regional development. This study tries to estimate the potential economic effects of the planned investment with regard to infrastructure. Important results: Regarding directly the job effects connected with the investment and development of the infrastructure about 3,500 additional jobs are to be expected for a period of ten years. The infrastructure investment planned so far for the Olympiad will contribute only partially to eliminate important infrastructural bottlenecks in the region. Nevertheless the planned infrastructure facilities would have the effect that the new ‘olympia region Leipzig’ would remain attractive also after 2012 as venue for large sport events.

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Zur Entwicklung der Wirtschaft im Kreis und in der Stadt Gotha

Peter Franz

in: Stadtentwicklung Gotha 1990 - 2000, 2002

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Housing vacancies in East Germany: There is more than one way to look at it

Peter Franz

in: Wirtschaft im Wandel, No. 11, 2001

Abstract

New up-to-date data about housing vacancies in East German cities allow a more differentiated interpretation of the disparities in the East German housing market. The data show that the cities in Saxony and in Saxony-Anhalt are disproportionally affected by this problem. They also show that the modernizing and renovating activities of the housing associations and cooperatives themselves contribute to the rising vacancy rate.

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