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Record number 558274
Title Geothermal spas as a local development factor, the case of Poland
Author(s) Kurek, Katarzyna A.; Heijman, Wim; Ophem, Johan van; Gędek, Stanisław; Strojny, Jacek
Source Geothermics 85 (2020). - ISSN 0375-6505
Department(s) Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy
Urban Economics
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2020
Keyword(s) Geothermal resources - Local development - Poland - Principal Component Analysis - Spas - Switching regression model

This paper investigates whether the endogenous geothermal energy resources used for local tourism facilities are a factor of local development. We answer this research question by examining the local socioeconomic development dynamics in years 1995–2015 in the six selected Polish municipalities that established geothermal spas at different years. A model introduces the concept of switch variables, where a geothermal spa is the assumed switching factor in a municipality's socioeconomic development. The statistical procedures are adopted from factor analysis and trend estimation methodologies. Our conclusions lead to a positive assessment of a geothermal water park's contribution to a municipality's socioeconomic development.

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