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Geographies of Growth

Innovations, Networks and Collaborations Edited by Charlie Karlsson, Professor Emeritus of the Economics of Technological Change, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University and Professor Emeritus, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Martin Andersson, Professor of Innovation Studies, CIRCLE, Lund University, Professor of Industrial Economics, Blekinge Institute of Technology and affiliated researcher, Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) and Lina Bjerke, Research Fellow, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University, Sweden
Today we can observe an increasing spatial divide as some large urban regions and many more medium-sized and small regions face growing problems such as decreasing labour demand, increasing unemployment and an ageing population. In view of these trends, this book offers a better understanding of the general characteristics and specific drivers of the geographies of growth. It shows how these may vary in different spatial contexts, how hurdles and barriers to growth in different types of regions can be dealt with, how and to what extent resources in different areas can develop, and how the potential of these resources to stimulate growth can be realized.
Extent: 480 pp
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Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978 1 78536 059 6
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economic Geography
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Regional Economics
  • Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Innovation Policy
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Regional Economics
  • Regional Studies
Today we can observe an increasing spatial divide as some large urban regions and many more medium-sized and small regions face growing problems such as decreasing labour demand, increasing unemployment and an ageing population. In view of these trends, this book offers a better understanding of the general characteristics and specific drivers of the geographies of growth. It shows how these may vary in different spatial contexts, how hurdles and barriers to growth in different types of regions can be dealt with, how and to what extent resources in different areas can develop and how the potential of these resources to stimulate growth can be realized.

This book presents a collection of chapters, divided into four main parts, that together deal with these issues. The expert contributions provide numerous different perspectives on a new regional divide as well as exploring the inter-regional accessibility to human capital and its effects on productivity on both sides of the border. The book also investigates the speed of convergence and the fact that, when incorporating structural change, it is often quicker at the regional level compared to both the country and industry level. Other topics covered include institutional foundations and their influence on local social acceptance of entrepreneurship, the role of global value chains on bilateral trade and the determinants of cross-border innovation cooperation focusing on partner selection and location.

Students, researchers and scholars will find this an important resource that fills numerous knowledge gaps and opens new avenues for research. It will also appeal to consultants, practitioners and planners at the international, regional and local level.
Contributors: C. Alfken, M. Andersson, T. Arvemo, L. Bjerke, A.P. Cornett, N. de Vries, S. Fredina, H. Goldstein, U. Gråsjö, K.E. Heynes, R.E. Hjaltadóttir, V. Jienwatcharamongkhol, M. Jogmark, B. Johansson, C. Karlsson, T. Makkonen, A. Naveed, K. Nyström, J. Parajuli, V. Peer, A. Risselada, I.V. Ros, V. Schutjens, S. Sedlacek, N.K. Sørensen, T.-A. Stone, S. Tavassol, P. Warda



























Contents

Preface

1. Introduction
Martin Andersson, Lina Bjerke and Charlie Karlsson

PART I Geography of Structural Change, Employment and Productivity
2. Exploring regional differences in the regional capacity to absorb displacements
Kristina Nyström and Ingrid Viklund Ros

3. Productivity and cross border accessibility to human capital- a study comparing Norwegian and Swedish border regions
Tobias Arvemo and Urban Gråsjö

4. Inter- and intraregional balance: Drivers of Change and Development
Andreas P. Cornett

5. Is the convergence debate over?– Structural Changes and Labour Productivity
Amjad Naveed

PART II Geography of Entrepreneurship and Business Dynamics
6. A Local Perspective on Entrepreneurship and Informal Institutions
Sabrina Fredina and Marina Jogmark

7. Revisiting Broadband and New Firm Dynamics
Jitendra Parajuli and Kingsley E. Heynes

8. The Impact of Individual Characteristics and Regional Agglomeration on the Survival of Self-Employed Firms
Sam Tavassol and Viroj Jienwatcharamongkhol

9. Variations in new firm life duration for immigrant and native entrepreneurs
Veronique Schutjens, Nardo de Vries and Anna Risselada

10. International Outsourcing and the Global Value Chain: Evidence for Sweden
Trudy-Ann Stone

PART III Geography of Innovations, Cooperations and Growth
11. Knowledge Absorption in the Development of Export Products
Peter Warda and Börje Johansson

12. Cross-border Innovation Cooperation: Partner Selection, national borders and knowledge bases
Rannaveig Edda Hjaltadóttir, Teemu Makkonen and Nils Karl Sørensen

13. Creative class vs. individual creativity- a multi-level approach to the geography of creativity
Christoph Alfken

PART IV University spinoffs- barriers and challenges
14. Barriers to the Generation of University Spin-offs: A case study of Vienna
Harvey Goldstein, Verena Peer and Sabina Sedlacek

Index