Geothermal spas as a local development factor, the case of Poland

Katarzyna A. Kurek*, Wim Heijman, Johan van Ophem, Stanisław Gędek, Jacek Strojny

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101777
JournalGeothermics
Volume85
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020

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Geothermal energy
Factor analysis
Energy resources
Switches
Water
geothermal energy
energy resource
factor analysis
tourism
methodology
municipality
socioeconomics
local development
water

Keywords

  • Geothermal resources
  • Local development
  • Poland
  • Principal Component Analysis
  • Spas
  • Switching regression model

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