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Detecting economic growth pathways in the EU’s lagging regions

Ganau, Roberto and Kilroy, Austin (2023) Detecting economic growth pathways in the EU’s lagging regions. Regional Studies, 57 (1). 41 - 56. ISSN 0034-3404

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00343404.2022.2050200


We analyse growth pathways of European Union NUTS-3 regions from 2003 to 2017. We focus on lagging regions, using a taxonomy based on income level and long-run growth rate that combines the Cohesion Policy classification with that proposed under the ‘Catching Up’ initiative. We find that lagging areas can sometimes be found within larger and more prosperous regions, especially in Western Europe. We analyse the role of industrial structure, innovation and inward foreign direct investments as growth drivers, and find that economic growth is associated with different economic dimensions in different types of regions. The NUTS-3 scale of analysis is helpful to inform the design and implementation of development strategies catering to different opportunities at this smaller geographical scale.

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Additional Information: © 2022 Regional Studies Association
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
JEL classification: R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R11 - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, and Changes
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R5 - Regional Government Analysis > R58 - Regional Development Policy
Date Deposited: 19 May 2022 15:51
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2024 17:09

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