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Growth, development, and innovation: A look backward and forward

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  • Paul Cheshire

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  • Edward Malecki

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This article reviews where we have come from and where we are going in research on regional growth and development. Our object of study is the region, an imprecise term that has been taken to mean areas as large as small countries or as small as urban regions, although how regions are defined does itself have implications for both theories and the empirics of regional growth. How growth occurs remains a poorly understood process. Clearly the basic ingredients of the neo-classical cookbook are important - growth in capital and labour stocks with technological change - but they are neither enough nor revealing enough. Why does the stock of capital grow at different rates? Why does the labour supply increase? What drives technical progress? What are the roots of spatial dependence? We are fairly certain that the answers to these questions embrace agglomeration economies but they also embrace much more. Innovation is associated with research and development and has an identifiable spatial pattern in relation to highly skilled labour and institutions such as universities. But innovation is not just the result of R&D but also entrepreneurship applied to investment. Labour supply responds to real wage differentials but also to environmental and other amenities. Labour is far more geographically mobile in the New World, however, than it is in the Old. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2003

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Papers in Regional Science.

Volume (Year): 83 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (October)
Pages: 249-267

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Handle: RePEc:spr:presci:v:83:y:2003:i:1:p:249-267

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Keywords: Regional growth; convergence; clusters; mobility; territorial competition;

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  1. Paul Cheshire & Stefano Magrini, 2008. "Urban growth drivers in a Europe of sticky people and implicit boundaries," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 30774, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  2. Mark Drabenstott, 2006. "Rethinking federal policy for regional economic development," Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, issue Q I, pages 115-142.
  3. Johansson, Sara, 2007. "R&D Accessibility and Comparative Advantages in Quality Differentiated Goods," Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation 107, Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies.
  4. Artelaris, Panagiotis & Arvanitidis, Paschalis & Petrakos, George, 2006. "Theoretical and Methodological Study on Dynamic Growth Regions and Factors Explaining their Growth Performance," Papers DYNREG02, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
  5. Dorota Ciolek, 2011. "Metody identyfikacji efektow zewnetrznych funkcjonowania klastrów przemyslowych," Working Papers 1103, Economics of European Integration Department, Faculty of Economics, University of Gdansk, Poland.
  6. Mark V. JANIKAS & Sergio J. REY, 2008. "On The Relationships Between Spatial Clustering, Inequality, And Economic Growth In The United States : 1969-2000," Region et Developpement, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, vol. 27, pages 13-34.
  7. Matthias Duschl & Thomas Brenner, 2011. "Characteristics of Regional Industry-specific Employment Growth – Empirical Evidence for Germany," Working Papers on Innovation and Space 2011-07, Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography.
  8. Nelson Jorge Ribeiro Duarte & Francisco José Lopes de Sousa Diniz, 2011. "The Role Of Firms And Entrepreneurship On Local Development," Romanian Journal of Regional Science, Romanian Regional Science Association, vol. 5(1), pages 54-69, JUNE.
  9. Nobuaki Hamaguchi & Yoshihiro Kameyama, 2007. "Dense Communication and R&D in Knowledge-based Industrial Clusters: Comparative Study of Small & Medium-sized Firms in Korea and China," Discussion Paper Series 206, Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University, revised Jul 2008.

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