Local Matters: Regional Inequalities in Public Investments

Joint Workshop of the MPIfG and the German Economic Institute | November 26, 2021

The neglect of public investments in Germany and elsewhere has not only led to a deterioration of countries’ public capital stocks. In fact, what appears as an aggregate decline actually entails growing divergences between regions that can invest in their infrastructures and those that fall behind. Such palpable differences in the provision of public goods have deeper causes in structural economic change, the workings of political institutions, and the distributional politics of austerity. But regional inequalities also have significant consequences, which reach from entrenched competitive disadvantages for left-behind areas to the formation of new political cleavages. This raises fundamental challenges for policy makers and researchers. First, it is important to better understand what mechanisms lead to regional differences in public goods provision. A related question is which policies might be effective in addressing these differences. Examples for such policy efforts are the European Union Cohesion policies, the “Levelling-Up” agenda in the United Kingdom, and the so-called “coal compromise” (concerning the fading out of coal production) in Germany. Secondly, we aim to discuss the political repercussions of regional inequalities, especially in the domain of political attitudes and electoral behavior. Presenters will report on new and ongoing research on these issues, and we will discuss which research questions will deserve particular attention in the upcoming years.



Björn Bremer
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne

Matthias Diermeier
German Economic Institute, Cologne

Leon Wansleben
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne

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