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Creative Destruction and Regional Competitiveness

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  • Niels Bosma
  • F. Stam
  • Veronique Schutjens

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New firms stimulate competitiveness via market selection and competitive pressures, by forcing less efficient incumbents to exit or to improve their productivity. This way, both the creation and destruction of firms (turbulence) may improve competitiveness. In this paper the effect of turbulence on regional competitiveness (measured as total factor productivity and employment growth) is analysed in 40 regions in the Netherlands over the period 1988-2002. Our analyses suggest that turbulence leads to productivity growth in services but not so in manufacturing. Employment growth appears to benefit from firm dynamics in manufacturing.

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  • Niels Bosma & F. Stam & Veronique Schutjens, 2006. "Creative Destruction and Regional Competitiveness," Scales Research Reports H200624, EIM Business and Policy Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:eim:papers:h200624
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    1. Braunerhjelm, Pontus, 2010. "Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Growth – Past experiences, current knowledge and policy implications," Working Papers 2010:2, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum.
    2. Michael Fritsch, 2008. "How does new business formation affect regional development? Introduction to the special issue," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 30(1), pages 1-14, January.
    3. Martin Andersson & Pontus Braunerhjelm & Per Thulin, 2012. "Creative destruction and productivity: entrepreneurship by type, sector and sequence," Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 1(2), pages 125-146, October.
    4. Niels Bosma & Veronique Schutjens, 2011. "Understanding regional variation in entrepreneurial activity and entrepreneurial attitude in Europe," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 47(3), pages 711-742, December.

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