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Transport for the North and the Northern Power House

Overman, Henry G. (2015) Transport for the North and the Northern Power House. Spatial Economics Research Centre Blog (25 Mar 2015). Website.

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[Posted by Prof Henry G. Overman] Last November, at an event in Leeds with the Deputy Prime Minister, I expressed some scepticism that transport investment across the North would create a Northern Power House. I argued that two pieces of evidence about city success urge greater caution: 1) The evidence on agglomeration economies - i.e. on the factors that underpin the success of cities - suggest that these decay quite strongly with distance. So a key part of London's success, for example, comes from the very high employment densities in central London. 2) A crucial driver of city success is the concentration of high skilled workers that are found in our most successful cities.

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Centre for Economic Performance
What Works Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Research centres and groups > What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth (WWG)
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Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2017 11:10
Last Modified: 28 May 2020 23:28

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