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Regional Strategies For Dealing With Structural Change


  • Eleonora CUTRINI

    () (Associate Professor, Department of Law, University of Macerata)


    () (Research Fellow,Department of Political Sciences, Communication and International Relations, University of Macerata)


In recent decades, the low economic performance of European countries has been mainly responsible for the emergence of an economic policy increasingly intended to strengthen the innovative and technology capacity of regions. In particular, the European periphery is lagging behind in the transition to a knowledge driven and eventually service-oriented economy. In a general context of de-industrialization and transition to service economy, and bearing in mind the policy debate at the EU level, the aim of this paper is to analyze the factors driving knowledge-intensive service specialization at the regional level in Italy. Our main research questions here can be summarized as follows: What determines the transition to Services and the specialization in Knowledge-Intensive Services (KIS) in Italy? What are the structural characteristics that may explain the regional variation of employment share in high-knowledge services? Using data on Italian regions over the period 1995-2014 (and spatial panel models as a methodology), the analysis carried out in the paper suggests some considerations: the “mere” (but needed) transition to service activities can be positively associated with R&D Personnel, Tertiary Education, University Attractiveness, Tourism and efficient infrastructure (Railroad). But the transition to Knowledge Intensive Services, supposed to pay higher wages, may deserve a more appropriate and focused public intervention, in view of the fact that it seems to be mainly associated with Public R&D, Tertiary Education and University Attractiveness.

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  • Eleonora CUTRINI & Enzo VALENTINI, 2017. "Regional Strategies For Dealing With Structural Change," Regional Science Inquiry, Hellenic Association of Regional Scientists, vol. 0(1), pages 107-117, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:hrs:journl:v:ix:y:2017:i:1:p:107-117

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    1. Amitrajeet A. Batabyal & Peter Nijkamp, 2019. "The magnification of a lagging region’s initial economic disadvantages on the balanced growth path," Asia-Pacific Journal of Regional Science, Springer, vol. 3(3), pages 719-730, October.
    2. Oksana BUTORINA & Matvey OBORIN & Galina KUTERGINA & Mariya OSIPOVA, 2018. "Methodology Of Investment Cycle Analysis In The Regional Economy: Territorial And Industrial Aspects," Regional Science Inquiry, Hellenic Association of Regional Scientists, vol. 0(2), pages 97-110, July.

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    Structural Change; Specialization; Spatial Panels; Regional Economy;

    JEL classification:

    • I25 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Economic Development
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • 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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