Special Research Topic
Regional Analyses

Project: Ausdifferenzierung der regionalen Prosperität unter den Bedingungen des demographischen Wandels in NRW – Ausgangslage und Konsequenzen

Project Duration

11/2007 - 12/2007 (finalized)

Commissioned by

Ministerium für Generationen, Familie, Frauen und Integration NRW

Project Team (RWI)

Rüdiger Budde, Dr. Uwe Neumann (Chief), Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christoph M. Schmidt, Saskia Schmidt

Summary

Since economic performance and demographic change are strongly interrelated (and are likely to be so in the foreseeable future), increased diversity between regions and further decline of lagging regions may be a characteristic of future spatial change, unless effective measures to counteract against these tendencies are implemented by actors from the public and private sector. On the other hand, if the challenges of a declining and ageing population are met successfully, new advantages in interregional competition may arise. Within North Rhine-Westphalia, there are considerable disparities in the extent, to which regions have already been affected by demographic chane. Due to out-migration of younger working-age persons and their families throughout the past decades, the Ruhr region already faces changes in the age structure of the resident population today, which will affect other regions many years later. The research project focused on two questions: (i) What is the disparity in the degree to which regional economic performance is affected by demographic characteristics within North Rhine-Westphalia? (ii) Which opportinities and threats arise in different regions due tothe current position in demographic change?

Selected project related publications

Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals

2006

Neumann, U. and C. M. Schmidt (2006), Lichtblicke aber keine Entwarnung – Ausmaß und Konsequenzen des demographischen Wandels im Ruhrgebiet. Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft 31 (3/4): 443-468.

RWI Reports

2007

RWI (2007), Ausdifferenzierung der regionalen Prosperität unter den Bedingungen des demographischen Wandels in NRW – Ausgangslage und Konsequenzen – Kurzfassung. RWI Projektberichte download

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