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In search of natural resource-based economies: The case of the Seine estuary (France)
Beaumais, O.; Laroutis, D. (2007). In search of natural resource-based economies: The case of the Seine estuary (France). Hydrobiologia 588(1): 3-11. dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10750-007-0648-z
In: Hydrobiologia. Springer: Berlin. ISSN 0018-8158, more
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  • Beaumais, O.; Laroutis, D. (2007). In search of natural resource-based economies: The case of the Seine estuary (France), in: Lafite, R. et al. (Ed.) (2007). Consequences of estuarine management on hydrodynamics and ecological functioning: ECSA 38th Symposium - Rouen 2004 Co-organisation Seine-Aval Programme and ECSA. Hydrobiologia, 588: pp. 3-11, more

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Document type: Conference paper

Keywords
    Land use; Regional economics; ANE, France, Seine Estuary [gazetteer]; Marine

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  • Beaumais, O.
  • Laroutis, D.

Abstract
    Industry represents about 31% of the upper Normandy region total value-added against 19.5% at national level. The same holds for the employment, since industry accounts for 21% of total local jobs, against 18% at national level. This article attempts to answer the following question: can we explain this specific concentration of economic activity by the natural advantages (water availability, easy access by water) provided by the Seine Estuary? We first characterize "strongly Seine Estuary-dependent" industrial sectors, using simple indicators such as water withdrawals and pollution emissions. Then, we evaluate the influence of these sectors on the forces (labor market pooling, input sharing and knowledge spillovers) that lead to concentration of the economic activity in the Seine estuary. We find strong evidence that this economic activity is still natural resource based.

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