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How growth and location are sensitive to transport and telecommunication infrastructures ?

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  • Stéphane Riou

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This paper is an extension of the new economic geography and growth model of Martin (1999) which proposes an interesting framework to analyze the effects of the european regional policy. We introduce imperfect interregional knowledge spillovers in this framework which are diffused by two infrastructures : transport and telecommunication infrastructures. If an investment in transport infrastructures may be at the origin of a centrifugal effect through non market interactions, we show that only a policy improving telecommunication can reduce regional inequalities and attain higher aggregate growth rate.
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  • Stéphane Riou, 2003. "How growth and location are sensitive to transport and telecommunication infrastructures ?," Recherches économiques de Louvain, De Boeck Université, vol. 69(3), pages 241-265.
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    1. Benjamin Montmartin & Nadine Massard, 2013. "Is financial support for private R&D always justified ? A discussion based on literature on growth," Working Papers 1328, Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique Lyon St-Étienne (GATE Lyon St-Étienne), Université de Lyon.
    2. Benjamin Montmartin & Nadine Massard, 2015. "Is Financial Support For Private R&D Always Justified? A Discussion Based On The Literature On Growth," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 29(3), pages 479-505, July.

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    JEL classification:

    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)

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