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Endogenous Regional Development

Endogenous Regional Development

Perspectives, Measurement and Empirical Investigation

New Horizons in Regional Science series

Edited by Robert Stimson, Roger R. Stough and Peter Nijkamp

Increasingly, endogenous factors and processes are being emphasized as drivers in regional economic development and growth. This 15 chapter book is unique in that it commences by presenting five disciplinary takes on endogenous development from the perspectives of economics, geography, sociology, planning and organizational management.


Robert Stimson, Roger Stough and Peter Nijkamp

Subjects: economics and finance, regional economics, urban and regional studies, regional economics


The role of endogenous processes in regional economic development and as potential explanatory factors in accounting for spatial variations in the pattern of regional growth and decline has been attracting increasing interest from regional scientists and from regional development policymakers and practitioners. Among researchers there are a range of perspectives on endogeneity and endogenous regional growth processes. There are challenges in developing suitable measures of endogenous regional growth and in building and implementing operational models to analyse endogenous regional development and growth across spatial systems. It is also important for research to generate in-depth analysis of endogenous processes at the scale of the local region to enhance our understanding of the different contextual bases in which endogenous processes occur in local regional economic development. The chapters in this book address these important issues. They are based on papers presented at an international workshop on ‘Regional Endogenous Development: Measurement, Models and Empirical Investigation’ held at The University of Queensland’s Customs House facility in downtown Brisbane, Australia, in February 2008. It was hosted by the Australian Research Council Research Network in Spatially Integrated Social Science, with financial assistance from the Australian government’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics. The workshop brought together researchers in regional science from around the world to address these issues. The workshop was one of many held over the last decade in which a small international group of about 20 to 25 established and emerging researchers come together to discuss topics relating to regional economic development, with...