Cross-border and local cooperation on the island of Ireland : an economic perspective

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Title: Cross-border and local cooperation on the island of Ireland : an economic perspective
Authors: Roper, Stephen
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2171
Date: 2006
Abstract: Cross-border and local cooperation can foster local learning and contribute positively to business performance and social cohesion. This paper considers firms’ economic motivation for both types of cooperation around the Irish border. This area, while inevitably impacted by civil unrest in Northern Ireland, shares many of the economic and developmental characteristics of border areas throughout Europe. Simultaneous probit models are used to examine the determinants of cooperation. Overall, around a third of firms in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland engage in local cooperation of some form; around one in six in Northern Ireland and one in twelve in the Republic of Ireland also engage in cross-border cooperation. Proximity to the border, perceived barriers to cross-border cooperation and country uncertainty reduce the incidence of cross-border cooperation rates below that of local cooperation. Cross-border cooperation in Northern Ireland is more common because of small region size and fewer perceived barriers to cross-border cooperation.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Copyright (published version): The author, 2006
Keywords: Cross-border cooperationNorthern IrelandRepublic of IrelandEconomic
Subject LCSH: Cooperation
Boundaries--Economic aspects
Ireland--Economic conditions
Northern Ireland--Economic conditions
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Conference Details: Revised version of a paper presented at a study group meting in Newry, 13 September 2005, as part of the programme Mapping frontiers, plotting pathways: routes to North-South cooperation in a divided island.
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers

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