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Regional Economic Policy in Europe

New Challenges for Theory, Empirics and Normative Interventions Edited by Ulrike Stierle-von Schütz, Directorate-General Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission, Brussels, Michael H. Stierle, European Commission and INFER, Frederic B. Jennings Jr., Center for Ecological Economic and Ethical Education (CEEEE), Massachusetts, US and Adrian T.H. Kuah, James Cook University, Australia
Regional Economic Policy in Europe presents a tightly focused selection of policy, empirical and theoretical perspectives on contemporary dimensions of regional economic policy in the EU. It concentrates on three areas; the dissimilarities and resulting convergence of disparate regions within the EU; the localisation of economic activities and how regions can understand and manage them and, finally, the experiences and lessons that can be drawn from European regional policy. While exploring EU cohesion and regional development more widely, the book also examines Spanish, Belgian and Eastern European experiences on growth, human capital, foreign investment and technological spillovers.
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Publication Date: 2009
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Regional Economics
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Regional Economics
Regional Economic Policy in Europe presents a tightly focused selection of policy, empirical and theoretical perspectives on contemporary dimensions of regional economic policy in the EU. It concentrates on three areas; the dissimilarities and resulting convergence of disparate regions within the EU; the localisation of economic activities and how regions can understand and manage them and, finally, the experiences and lessons that can be drawn from European regional policy. While exploring EU cohesion and regional development more widely, the book also examines Spanish, Belgian and Eastern European experiences on growth, human capital, foreign investment and technological spillovers.

This up-to-date and thoroughly researched study is one that will be appreciated by academics and researchers of European studies and regional economics in Europe. Policymakers will also find the conclusions reached within the pages of this book invaluable.
‘The book is recommended because it contains several interesting chapters that will prove useful for future research into the effects of the cohesion policy on the economic development of the new European Union member states over the past five years.’
– Toni Mora, Papers in Regional Science
Contributors: F. Abraham, J. Bradley, A. de la Fuente, R. Doménech, A. Halasz, J.A. Herce, P. Hetze, F.B. Jennings, Jr., A.T.H. Kuah, S. Lago-Peñas, D. Martínez-López, S. Sosvilla-Rivero, M.H. Stierle, U. Stierle-von Schütz, H. Sun, L. Sun, G. Tondl, G. Untiedt, J. van Hove, G. Vuksic
Contents:

Preface

PART I: OVERVIEW
1. New Challenges in Regional Economics: An Overview
Ulrike Stierle-von Schütz, Michael H. Stierle, Frederic B. Jennings, Jr. and Adrian T.H. Kuah

PART II: THE ECONOMIC LANDSCAPE IN EUROPE: REGIONAL DISPARITIES, CATCHING-UP AND CONVERGENCE
2. Human Capital, Growth and Inequality in the Spanish Regions
Angel de la Fuente and Rafael Doménech

3. What Helps Regions in Eastern Europe Catch Up? The Role of Foreign Investment, Human Capital and Geography
Gabriele Tondl and Goran Vuksic

PART III: LOCALISATION OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES: THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY SPILLOVERS, CLUSTERS AND FISCAL POLICY
4. Asymmetric Economic Integration in a Two-Region Model and the Effects on Unemployment and Growth
Pascal Hetze

5. Intra-Industry Trade and Technological Spillovers: The Case of Belgian Manufacturing
Filip Abraham and Jan van Hove

6. Industrial Clusters and Transaction Cost
Hailin Sun and Luoping Sun

7. Fiscal Design and the Location of Economic Activity
Ulrike Stierle-von Schütz

PART IV: EUROPEAN REGIONAL POLICY: EXPERIENCES AND LESSONS
8. Do Economic Models Tell Us Anything Useful about Cohesion Policy Impacts?
John Bradley and Gerhard Untiedt

9. Conditions for a Contribution by the Structural Funds to Real Convergence of the Recently Acceded Member States
Michael H. Stierle and Anita Halasz

10. Convergence and Public Investment in Spain: Regional Policies Revisited
Santiago Lago-Peñas and Diego Martínez-López

11. European Cohesion Policy and the Spanish Economy
Simón Sosvilla-Rivero and José A. Herce

Index