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By Sebastian Lentz (auth.), Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lentz (eds.)

This yearbook of city and neighborhood reports presents English language papers on spatial improvement learn on Germany and principal and jap Europe for researchers and practioners open air Germany.

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Fig. 2: Growth rate of GDP, Source: Arbeitskreis “Volkswirtschaftliche Gesamtrechnungen der Länder” Looking at a map of the regions in the “neue Länder” (Fig. e. the variable under explanation in this article, is difficult to interpret visually. Most of the counties (“Landkreise”) adjacent to Berlin have higher growth rates than average, as do many of those in central Thuringia. But it is also striking that somewhat unknown regions like Parchim, the Müritz or Bad Doberan in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania or the Uckermark and Ostprignitz-Ruppin in 6 cf.

Which, despite some changes between 1949 and 1989, continues to exist in general. To deal with this topic, statistical information from a much longer period would have to be available. The approach of this article is quite modest, as it only takes into account the period from 1989 to 2002 and tries to find out whether historical structures have an impact on the contemporary economic situation in a transformation economy. In this case, path dependency refers more to certain aspects of historical regional disparities in the GDR and their echo today.

The case-orientated approach is retained here for the most part (awareness of complexity and historical anomalies), but the findings of wider questions are consolidated into a synthetic approach. This method enables ex-post conclusions on the basis of combining selected indicators and can be regarded as a model for the identification of multiply linked causations of complex issues. To be able to critically examine the impacts of previous “Aufbau Ost” policy, they should be correlated with the objectives and with the question of the acceptance of the policy.

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