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Advanced communications and employment creation in rural and peripheral regions: a case study of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland


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  • Ranald Richardson

    (Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK)

  • Andrew Gillespie

    (Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK)

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    Over the last decade, the potential of Advanced Communications (ACs) to contribute to regional economic development has been of increasing interest to policy makers. Recent policy in Europe has focused particularly on how ACs can contribute to job creation in peripheral or less favoured regions, through various forms of teleworking. This paper argues that most policy initiatives in this area have been underlain by a conceptual model which assumes that advanced infrastructure and services will contribute to job creation (or preservation) through improving the competitiveness of existing regional firms, particularly SMEs, through enhancing access to core markets. The paper questions the empirical validity of this model and proposes, on the basis of a case study of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, that in reality employment growth is more likely to result from inward investment - from exogenous firms accessing under-utilised regional attributes such as labour supplies - than through growth in indigenous firms.

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal The Annals of Regional Science.

    Volume (Year): 30 (1996)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 91-110

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:30:y:1996:i:1:p:91-110

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    1. Ranald Richardson & Vicki Belt & Neill Marshall, 2000. "Taking Calls to Newcastle: The Regional Implications of the Growth in Call Centres," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 34(4), pages 357-369.
    2. McQuaid, Ronald W., 2002. "Entrepreneurship and regional development policies," ERSA conference papers ersa02p187, European Regional Science Association.
    3. van Geenhuizen, Marina, 2000. "Information And Communication Technology (Ict) And Regional Development: Distance Is Still Alive!," ERSA conference papers ersa00p371, European Regional Science Association.
    4. Harminder Battu & John Finch, 1998. "Integrating knowledge effects into university impact studies. A case study of Aberdeen University," Working Papers 98-08, Department of Economics, University of Aberdeen.
    5. Daoqin TONG & Sandy DALL’ERBA, 2008. "Spatial Disparities In The Chinese Ict Sector: A Regional Analysis," Region et Developpement, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, vol. 28, pages 111-129.
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    8. Ronald Mcquaid, 2002. "Entrepreneurship and ICT Industries: Support from Regional and Local Policies," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 36(8), pages 909-919.


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