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The Spatial Dimension of Innovation and Growth: Empirical Research Methodology and Policy Analysis

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Integrating space into economics by the “new economic geography” is a very recent development. However, the macro-economic role of spatial structure is not an issue with relevance for theoretical or empirical research only. Understanding it has potentially high importance for economic policy making as well. The debate in the European Union (EU) on the geographical distribution of Community Support Framework (CSF) assistance (i.e. efficiency or cohesion) is an excellent case in this respect. This paper serves three purposes. First, it provides a framework for empirical research of geographical growth. Second, based on this framework, it identifies problem areas of empirical research and suggests a set of methodologies to treat them. Third, it emphasizes that the framework can also drive development policy analysis. At the end an example is provided as to how decisions on regional allocation of EU CSF funds can be judged in relation to their likely macro-economic outcomes.

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  • Attila Varga, 2006. "The Spatial Dimension of Innovation and Growth: Empirical Research Methodology and Policy Analysis," European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(9), pages 1171-1186, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eurpls:v:14:y:2006:i:9:p:1171-1186
    DOI: 10.1080/09654310600933298
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    1. Roberta Capello & Camilla Lenzi, 2016. "Innovation modes and entrepreneurial behavioral characteristics in regional growth," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 47(4), pages 875-893, December.
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    3. M. Capasso & E. Cefis & K. Frenken, 2009. "Do some firms persistently outperform?," Working Papers 09-, Utrecht School of Economics.
    4. Attila Varga, 2014. "Challenges in modeling the impacts of modern development policies: The case of the GMR-approach," EcoMod2014 7151, EcoMod.
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    6. Juan Eduardo Chica & Carlos Marmolejo, 2016. "Knowledge economy and metropolitan growth: Barcelona and Helsinki metropolitan areas as case studies," International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 7(1), pages 22-42.
    7. Attila Varga & Mete Basar Baypinar, 2016. "Economic impact assessment of alternative European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) options with the application of the GMR-Turkey model," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 56(1), pages 153-176, January.
    8. Zoltan Acs & Mark Sanders, 2011. "A Theory of Entrepreneurial Rents in Endogenous Growth: Implications for Regional Innovation Policies," Chapters,in: Endogenous Regional Development, chapter 8 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    9. Roberta Capello & Camilla Lenzi, 2014. "Spatial Heterogeneity In Knowledge, Innovation, And Economic Growth Nexus: Conceptual Reflections And Empirical Evidence," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 54(2), pages 186-214, March.

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