Residential choice in polycentric border-crossing agglomeration areas: the example of the Lake Constance-Alpine Rhine Valley
by Stefan Gueldenberg; Laura Hecker; Adrian Klammer; Stefan Wilhelm; Francesco A. Schurr; Peter A. Staub
International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development (IJKBD), Vol. 8, No. 4, 2017

Abstract: This paper is one of the first studies that outlines and deals with differences and similarities arising in polycentric border-crossing agglomerations in knowledge-based economies. We examine the multi-country border-crossing polycentric agglomeration in the Lake Constance-Alpine Rhine Valley region, comprised of Liechtenstein and parts of Austria, Germany and Switzerland. We specifically try to identify factors influencing the residential choice within a polycentric border-crossing agglomeration in a knowledge-based economy. Although the results and outcomes are limited to the case-study region, the implications could be tested in other polycentric border-crossing agglomerations characterised by knowledge-based economies across the globe. The most important factors for residential choice are proximity to family and friends, safety, career opportunities and a high standard of living.

Online publication date: Mon, 27-Nov-2017

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