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Title: Berlin 20 years later: defining or redefining its functional profile? With some implications for Warsaw


Korcelli-Olejniczak, Ewa

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Geographia Polonica Vol. 82 No. 2 (2009)



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The paper attempts to define Berlin’s functional profile, contrasting it with the expectations and evaluations of the last twenty years. By analyzing employment and investment shares according to sections of the economy (the SIC index) several activities are identified which fulfil the following criteria: they are representative of Berlin, they show progressive development trends, and their role is reflected in the structure of investment outlays. In the analysis, the location co-efficient is used, which allows for the identification of the characteristic features of Berlin’s functional profile against the national average structure. The analysis proves that Berlin has been developing in a relatively ambiguous manner, though its functional specialization is rather stable, in that it has experienced only slight structural changes since the beginning of the 1990s. It is also observed that the position of Berlin in the German urban system is quite stable. In this context, the question is posed as to whether Warsaw’s position in the Polish urban system, as expressed in its functional profile, should, when one considers all the parallels and differences, resemble or not the one held by Berlin in Germany.


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Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization of the Polish Academy of Sciences

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Central Library of Geography and Environmental Protection. Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization PAS

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European Union. European Regional Development Fund ; Programme Innovative Economy, 2010-2014, Priority Axis 2. R&D infrastructure



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