Regional Competitiveness and Smart Specialization in Europe

Regional Competitiveness and Smart Specialization in Europe

Place-based Development in International Economic Networks

New Horizons in Regional Science series

Mark Thissen, Frank van Oort, Dario Diodato and Arjan Ruijs

Regions economically differ from each other – they compete in different products and geographical spaces, exhibit different strengths and weaknesses, and provide different possibilities for growth and development. What fosters growth in one region may hamper it in another. This highly original book presents an accessible methodology for identifying competitors and their particular circumstances in Europe, discusses regional competitiveness from a conceptual perspective and explores both past and future regional development policies in Europe.

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Mark Thissen, Frank van Oort, Dario Diodato and Arjan Ruijs

Subjects: economics and finance, industrial economics, regional economics, geography, economic geography, urban and regional studies, clusters, regional economics

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This book is based on more than four years of research at the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. We are grateful for the help we received from a large number of individuals in writing this book. Special thanks are due to Stephaan DeClerck for his assistance in programming, and Sofie de Groot, Pieter Wijngaarden and Martijn van den Berge for their work on data collection. We thank Martijn Burger, Guillaume Burghouwt, Jan Franke, Henri de Groot, Jan Oosterhaven, Otto Raspe, Bas Turpijn, Wouter Vermeulen, Paul Veenendaal, Eugene Verkade and Anet Weterings and many colleagues at PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and JRC-IPTS for critical and useful comments. Mark Thissen has worked on this book during a part of his stay as a guest researcher at the JRC-IPTS in Seville. However, the views expressed in this book do not necessarily reflect the position of the European Commission. Finally we thank Philip McCann and Raquel Ortega-Argilés for complementing this book with their excellent chapter on smart specialization.