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The Capacity Of Urban Centres To Contribute To The Rural Development In Romania. An Inquiry From R&D And Innovation Perspective

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  • Anca Dachin
  • Daniela Constantin
  • Zizi Goschin
  • Constantin Mitrut
  • Bogdan Ileanu

Among the EU countries, Romania displays the highest share of rural population (45%), most of it employed in agriculture. Moreover, there is a significant variation between the eight NUTS 2 regions with regards to the urban distribution and dynamics, with important intra-regional differences between the constituent counties. This paper proposes an inquiry into the capacity of urban centres to contribute to rural development in Romania from R&D and innovation perspective. First, the rural-urban gap is discussed, pointing at the consequences of the delay in implementing the reform of the production system in agriculture in terms of employment and income. Then, the positive influence of towns and cities on raising the share of employment in non-agricultural activities in rural areas is demonstrated by means of the available statistical data. Further on, the analysis of the regional dimension of R&D and innovation shows an increasing polarisation both between and within the eight development regions. The main conclusion is that the regions or counties with predominantly agricultural activities developed in subsistence households are not enough prepared to access R&D and innovation results. This conclusion is also confirmed by a regression model that analyses the influence of rural areas on regional growth. The above findings are examined in correlation with the expected positive contribution of the current rural development programme as well as of the regional operational programme and competitiveness sectorial programme funded by the EU.

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Paper provided by European Regional Science Association in its series ERSA conference papers with number ersa10p1236.

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Date of creation: Sep 2011
Handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwrsa:ersa10p1236
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