Handbook of Regional Growth and Development Theories
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Handbook of Regional Growth and Development Theories

Revised and Extended Second Edition

Edited by Roberta Capello and Peter Nijkamp

Regional economics – an established discipline for several decades – has undergone a period of rapid change in the last ten years resulting in the emergence of several new perspectives. At the same time the methodology of regional economics has also experienced some surprising developments. This fully revised and updated Handbook brings together contributions looking at new pathways in regional economics, written by many well-known international scholars. The aim is to present the most 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 between regional and mainstream economists. It will be an essential source of reference and information for both scholars and students in the field.
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Chapter 9: Infrastructure and regional development

Johannes Bröcker, Dirk Dohse and Piet Rietveld


This chapter deals with the impact of infrastructure on regional output, productivity and welfare, focusing on transport infrastructure. After discussing definitions, measurement and impact of infrastructure in general terms, the empirical literature on the productivity effects of infrastructure is reviewed in detail. Important themes are the specification of services provided with infrastructure, spatial spillovers, and, in particular, the rapidly growing literature dealing with causality issues. The chapter then shifts the focus from the macro to the micro perspective and from gross domestic producy effects to welfare effects. Spatial computable equilibrium modelling is introduced as an advanced technique for assessing regional welfare as well as distributional effects of infrastructure. However, this technique is data demanding; reliable parameters are often lacking, and the underlying theory is typically not tested. Gravity analysis is presented as a simplified, though well micro-founded alternative. Final thoughts are devoted to the widely discussed issue of wider economic effects that traditional evaluation methods typically do not account for.

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