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Handbook of Regional Growth and Development Theories

Edited by Roberta Capello, Professor of Regional and Urban Economics, Politecnico di Milano, Italy and Peter Nijkamp, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands and the Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza din Iasi, Iasi, Romania
Regional economics – an established discipline for several decades – has gone through a rapid pace of change in the past decade and several new perspectives have emerged. At the same time the methodology has shown surprising development. This volume brings together contributions looking at new pathways in regional economics, written by many well-known international scholars. The most advanced theories, measurement methods and policy issues in regional growth are given in-depth treatment.
Extent: 544 pp
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Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84980 084 6
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Regional Economics
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Regional Economics
Regional economics – an established discipline for several decades – has gone through a rapid pace of change in the past decade and several new perspectives have emerged. At the same time the methodology has shown surprising development. This volume brings together contributions looking at new pathways in regional economics, written by many well-known international scholars. The most advanced theories, measurement methods and policy issues in regional growth are given in-depth treatment.

The focus here is to collect cutting-edge theories explaining regional growth and local development. The authors highlight the recent advances in theories, the normative potentialities of these theories and the cross-fertilization of ideas among regional economists and mainstream economists. Theories of regional growth and development need to be able to interpret, more than ever, the way in which regions achieve a role in the international division of labour and, more importantly, the way in which regions can maintain this role over time. Topics covered include: regional growth and development policies and measurement methods; development theories of innovation, knowledge and space, and regional production factors; and growth theories and space.

This book will be a source of reference and information for both scholars and students in the area of regional economics.
‘“Regional economics is back on the stage!” This wonderful statement, inspiring pride and confidence, is the starting sentence of the stunning Handbook of Regional Growth and Development Theories recently launched by the prestigious Edward Elgar Publishing. . . The editors. . . offer us a collection of cutting-edge theories explaining regional growth and local development in the twenty-first century. . . The whole book is so brimful of ideas, methodologies and case studies that will certainly stimulate fruitful debates and further insights in the international regional science research arena. It is a source of reference and information for both scholars and students, which deserves widespread circulation and recognition. I express my humble admiration and congratulations to the editors and all contributors, accompanied by sincere thanks to the marketing department [of Edward Elgar Publishing] for the gracefully enabled privilege of reviewing this authoritative handbook.’
– Daniela-Luminita Constantin, Romanian Journal of Regional Science

‘This Handbook is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the explanation of economic growth in the space economy. . . The editors and the individual contributors are to be congratulated on producing such an important collection of review essays which is destined to become one of the definitive reference books on the subject.’
– John McCombie, Scienze Regionali

‘. . . offers a valuable up-to-date overview of many aspects of these important theoretical developments.’
– Peter Wood, Environment & Planning B

‘The book contains a wealth of leading-edge material on regional growth and development issues and provides a good historical review of the dominant mainstream theories. This Handbook will be a valuable asset to any graduate student, researcher, regional planner, or policymaker interested in regional economic issues.’
– Laura Lamb, Review of Regional Studies
Contributors: M. Abreu, T.T. Aldridge, D.B. Audretsch, A.A. Batabyal, J. Bröcker, K.J. Button, R. Camagni, R. Capello, J.P. Cohen, H.L.F. de Groot, D. Denti, K.P. Donaghy, C. Ertur, R. Ezcurra, A. Faggian, M.M. Fischer, H. Folmer, P. Friedrich, B. Johansson, C. Karlsson, T.R. Lakshmanan, J. Le Gallo, G. Maier, P. McCann, G.A. Minerva, R. Nakamura, C.W. Nam, P. Nijkamp, J. Oosterhaven, G.I.P. Ottaviano, C.J.M. Paul, K.R. Polenske, J. Poot, P. Rietveld, A. Robson, A. Rodríguez-Pose, M. Savona, T.-K. Shyy, M.J. Smit, R.J. Stimson, M. Trippl, J. van Dijk, F. van Oort
Contents:

Introduction: Regional Growth and Development Theories in the Twenty-first Century – Recent Theoretical Advances and Future Challenges
Roberta Capello and Peter Nijkamp

PART I: GROWTH THEORIES AND SPACE
1. Theories of Agglomeration and Regional Economic Growth: A Historical Review
Philip McCann and Frank van Oort

2. Space, Growth and Development
Roberta Capello

3. Location/Allocation of Regional Growth
Gunther Maier and Michaela Trippl

4. Regional Growth and Trade in the New Economic Geography and Other Recent Theories
Kieran P. Donaghy

5. Endogenous Growth Theories: Agglomeration Benefits and Transportation Costs
G. Alfredo Minerva and Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano

PART II: DEVELOPMENT THEORIES: REGIONAL PRODUCTION FACTORS
6. Agglomeration, Productivity and Regional Growth: Production Theory
Approaches
Jeffrey P. Cohen and Catherine J. Morrison Paul

7. Territorial Capital and Regional Development
Roberto Camagni

8. Human Capital and Regional Development
Alessandra Faggian and Philip McCann

9. Infrastructure and Regional Development
Johannes Bröcker and Piet Rietveld

10. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development
Manfred M. Fischer and Peter Nijkamp

PART III: DEVELOPMENT THEORIES: INNOVATION, KNOWLEDGE AND SPACE
11. Knowledge Spillovers, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development
David B. Audretsch and T. Taylor Aldridge

12. R&D Spillovers and Regional Growth
Daria Denti

13. Knowledge and Regional Development
Börje Johansson and Charlie Karlsson

14. Agglomeration Externalities, Innovation and Regional Growth: Theoretical Perspectives and Meta-Analysis
Henri L.F. de Groot, Jacques Poot and Martijn J. Smit

15. Sustainable Development and Regional Growth
Amitrajeet A. Batabyal and Peter Nijkamp

PART IV: REGIONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT MEASUREMENT METHODS
16. Measuring Agglomeration
Ryohei Nakamura and Catherine J. Morrison Paul

17. Measuring the Regional Divide
Roberto Ezcurra and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

18. Measuring Regional Endogenous Growth
Robert J. Stimson, Alistair Robson and Tung-Kai Shyy

19. Regional Growth and Convergence: Heterogeneous Reaction versus Interaction in Spatial Econometric Approaches
Cem Ertur and Julie Le Gallo

20. CGE Modeling in Space: A Survey
Kieran P. Donaghy

21. Modern Regional Input–Output and Impact Analyses
Jan Oosterhaven and Karen R. Polenske

PART V: REGIONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT POLICIES
22. Institutions and Regional Development
T.R. Lakshmanan and Kenneth J. Button

23. Regional Policy: Rationale, Foundations and Measurement of its Effects
Jouke van Dijk, Henk Folmer and Jan Oosterhaven

24. New Regional Policies for Less Developed Areas: The Case of India
Maria Abreu and Maria Savona

25. Economic Decline and Public Intervention: Do Special Economic Zones Matter?
Peter Friedrich and Chang Woon Nam

Index