Handbook on Regional Economic Resilience
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Handbook on Regional Economic Resilience

Edited by Gillian Bristow and Adrian Healy

This Handbook provides a collection of high quality contributions on the state of the art in current debates around the concept of regional economic resilience. It provides critical contributions from leading authors in the field, and captures both key theoretical debates around the meaning of resilience, its conceptual framing and utility, as well as empirical interrogation of its key determinants in different international contexts.
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Chapter 10: Putting adaptive resilience to work: measuring regional re-orientation using a matching model

Dario Diodato and Anet Weterings

Abstract

This chapter focuses on how to empirically observe the re-orientation dimension of resilience and test its relationship to a region’s ability to resist or recover from a shock. The chapter defines re-orientation as the reallocation over time of productive resources across regions and industries, and develops a tool for its measurement which is based on a region’s ability to match unemployed workers with firms with job vacancies. Using the example of the Netherlands, the analysis shows that re-orientation is an essential feature of the adaptation process of a regional economy and that under shocks and also episodes of employment growth, regions undergo more re-orientation than they normally do. It also finds that the recovery of regions is affected by the region’s options for re-orientation as shaped by its inter-sectoral and inter-regional labour mobility.

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