TITLE

ON BORDERS, BORDER REGIONS AND CROSS-BORDER RETAIL-TRADING

AUTHOR(S)
Kovács, András
PUB. DATE
September 2013
SOURCE
Scientific Papers of the University of Pardubice. Series D, Facu;2013, Vol. 20 Issue 28, p29
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In my study after introducing some basic border-theories, I will focus on an economic-related issue that has hardly been researched until nowadays: cross-border retail trade. In the theoretical part of this paper I aim to highlight the multiple interpretations and explanations of borders. After determination of some basic concepts about socio-economic borders, I introduce a new model about classification of borderland areas in which I determine 4 types of "border spaces". Following the results of latest border research agendas, I draft a new model, where the typology of cross-border factor flows and their influencing factors are introduced. Here I distinguish 3 ranges of cross-border economic flows, and 5 factors that influence these. In the final part I analyse the most important findings in the field of cross-border retail trade. After distinguishing the terms "shopping tourism" and "cross-border retail trade" (from the point-of-view of the participants, aims, affected area, etc.) I present some empirical evidences about the importance and relevance of cross-border retailing related to the Western part of the Slovakian-Hungarian border area. I focus on the activity of small and medium sized retailers, and on the shopping behaviour of people living in the border area.
ACCESSION #
90444534

 

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