Economic Growth and Change: National and Regional Patterns of Convergence and Divergence

Economic Growth and Change: National and Regional Patterns of Convergence and Divergence

Economic Growth and Change: National and Regional Patterns of Convergence and Divergence

Economic Growth and Change: National and Regional Patterns of Convergence and Divergence

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'...this is an interesting book containing on the whole respectable well-tried approaches typical of the mid-to-late 1990s and addressing serious issues of real practical concern to human welfare, rather than being an expos¿ of avant-garde innovations in methodology or theory...the contributions are well written and accessible, so that the book could profitably be used as supplementary reading by advanced students of regional economics, regional science or quantitative economic geography. The editors and authors, have made a significant and important contribution.' - Bernard Fingleton, University of Cambridge, UK '...this is an interesting book ...The most appreciative readership is likely to be quantitatively inclined academic economic geographers, regional scientists, regional and applied economists, and policymakers in government and commerce.... The editors and authors have made a significant and important contribution.' - Journal of Economic Geography 'As is the case with most conference volumes the subject matter is rather diverse. However, unlike most conference volumes, this book maintains a natural and steady flow of ideas.... there are some interesting and provocative ideas to be found in the book.... Economic Growth and Change is a book that certainly deserves a look. It contains some interesting ideas and illuminates some interesting trends. Much of the book is devoted to the European post-war experience, which makes it rather unique among books on economic growth. For this reason, it may be particularly appealing to European researchers and policymakers.' - Stephen L. Parente, EH.NET The pursuit of economic growth is at the top of every nation's policy agenda at the end of the 20th century. This authoritative and comprehensive book goes beyond the narrowly-based convergence model of economic growth by considering global, national and regional patterns of growth from a comparative perspective. Issues examined include: the evolution of the firm and the role of R&D long-term implications of the loss of national sovereignty international 'openness' social and political institutions patterns of regional harmonization in the United States, particularly income and earnings trends across states and the reasons for convergence persistent regional disparities in Europe including the roles of sectoral transformation, regional spillovers, human capital formation and the allocation of structural funds the experience of convergence in individual countries including Italy, the UK, Spain and Germany

Excerpt

John Adamsand Francesco Pigliaru

On 19-21 June 1997, the Centre for North-South Economic Research (CRENoS) of the University of Cagliari hosted a conference devoted to the theme, 'Economic Growth and Change, A Comparative Analysis'. The co-organizer of the meeting was the Department of Economic, Northeastern University, Boston. The conference was the culmination of a three-year collaboration between CRENoS and the Economic Growth Group at Northeastern University. In addition to the participants from CRENoS and Northeastern, a number of distinguished scholars were invited to make contributions. The three-way interaction was extremely fruitful and this book is its tangible product. Because the conference was open to local faculty and student attendance, the presenters benefited from a wide spectrum of challenging and helpful commentary that we are happy to acknowledge and doubtlessly improved the quality of the contributions. In addition, two of the chapters in the book do not stem directly from offerings at the conference, because of the absence of their authors, Irma Adelman and Shahid Alam, but parts of their work were included in the conference presentation of one of the editors (Adams) and formally discussed.

The editors are grateful to the contributors for the time they have spent in preparing their chapters for final publication and for their involvement in the June 1997 conference. At Northeastern, Cheryl Noakes and Patricia Logan provided logistical support for a large number of faculty exchanges and visits, assisted graduate students from the University of Cagliari, arranged faculty participation in conferences, and handled travel details. We thank them for their work and enthusiasm for all aspects of our joint collaborations. At the University of Cagliari, which provided generous financial backing for the joint work, and the final conference, a strong initial impetus was provided by the university's Rector, Pasquale Mistretta. The former president of CRENoS, Antonio Sassu, himself an economist, likewise encouraged all aspects of the cooperative relationship even during a time when he was on leave, serving as a member of the regional government of Sardinia. The completion of this . . .

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