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 6: Agglomeration, productivity and regional growth: production theory approaches

Jeffrey P. Cohen, Cletus C. Coughlin and Catherine J. Morrison Paul


Clustering of firms and workers have long been important factors in urban and regional growth. In recent years, it has become even more apparent – anecdotally and empirically – that this clustering is an integral factor in the vibrancy of large cities (especially in the US). The lack of such agglomeration in smaller to medium-sized cities has precluded them from catching up to their super-city counterparts. The literature on agglomeration economies has demonstrated that the channel for clustering to affect growth occurs through the production function and/or the cost function of individual firms. In addition to summarizing the growing literature on agglomeration economies, this chapter outlines the empirical production theory frameworks that many researchers have utilized to estimate agglomeration economies, and how agglomeration economies are intimately tied to the determination of urban and regional growth.

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