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Regional Policies and Comparative Advantage

Edited by Börje Johansson, Professor of Economics, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University, Jönköping and Director, CESIS (Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies), Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, Charlie Karlsson, Jönköping International Business School, Blekinge Institute of Technology and University West, Trollhättan, Sweden and the University of Southern Denmark and Roger R. Stough, School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, George Mason University, US
This book analyses the conception of economic development in modern regions, which has gone through a fundamental change since the early 1980s. Regions are today increasingly looked upon as independent market places that are connected via interregional and international trade and not as administrative units embodied in a national state.
Extent: 544 pp
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Publication Date: 2002
ISBN: 978 1 84064 834 8
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Regional Economics
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Public Policy
This book analyses the conception of economic development in modern regions, which has gone through a fundamental change since the early 1980s. Regions are today increasingly looked upon as independent market places that are connected via interregional and international trade and not as administrative units embodied in a national state.

Two complementary theoretical frameworks explain the specialization of economic activity at the regional level. The traditional approach assumes that the comparative advantages of regions depend upon differences in the supply of lasting resources. In contrast the new complementary framework called the New Economic Geography, assumes that the dynamic interaction between geographical market potentials and rational firms in its own way creates the comparative advantage of regions. The contributors to this book examine the policy implications of the complementarity of the competing views in a variety of geographic and functional contexts. The first set of papers examines the effect of regional policy on firm locational decision-making. This leads to another set evaluating a variety of regional policy efforts. New and different methodological approaches are examined in another set of papers. The final part of the book focuses on new concepts.

Economists, geographers and readers interested in regionalization, trade and development will find this book informative.
‘Edward Elgar books are very well organized with a comfortable lay-out and easy to use for readers. . . I think the book is very valuable for students in regional economics as well as in economic geography. . . I enjoyed reading the book very much. . . and strongly recommend it to scholars, students and others interested in the field of regional development and policy.’
– Frans Boekema, The Economic Journal

‘The reader who sets him or herself the task of reading through the book will go away enriched by new specialized knowledge and methodology.’
– Ryszard Domanski, Geographia Polonica
Contributors: M. Baslé, R. Bolton, F. Bruinsma, S. Caspersen, P. Cheshire, M. Dinc, G. Gillespie, I. Gordon, C. Gorter, K. Haynes, C. Jensen-Butler, B. Johansson, M. Johansson, C. Karlsson, K. Kobayashi, J.S. Kowalski, B. Madsen, S. Magrini, E.J. Malecki, P. McGregor, J. Mønnesland, B. Moore, P. Nijkamp, R. Nilsson, M. Okumura, M. Olsson, F. Pelé, J. Potter, J. Rees, A.J. Schaffer, R.R. Stough, L. Suarez-Villa, J.K. Swales, J. Taylor, M.A. Tuncer, Y.P. Yin
Contents: Preface Part I: Regional Policy and Location Part II: Evaluating Regional Policy Part III: Regional Policy: Methodological Approaches Part IV: New Concepts and Perspectives Index