Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)
The Spatial Productivity Lab at the OECD Trento Centre
What are the mechanisms of regional productivity catch-up? To what extent does aggregate productivity depend on agglomeration economies generated in cities?
Today, globally, there are two major productivity challenges that OECD countries face: decreased growth and increased inequality.
For the Spatial Productivity Lab, the main issue is how regional, rural and urban policy can help find a more inclusive and dynamic system for economic growth. In recent years, there has been a change in perspective regarding regional policy. The new regional policy paradigm focuses on growth, competitiveness and well-being; strengthening the link between regional dimensions and country aggregate outcomes. The dynamic has shifted from concentrating on compensating “lagging” regions for undesirable effects of macroeconomic conditions and policies, to understanding the way in which each region can contribute to aggregate performance and promoting this (productivity) growth potential.
The Spatial Productivity Lab at the OECD Trento Centre contributes to the broader OECD work on productivity. It develops analysis around the concept of “spatial productivity” in co-ordination with the OECD Global Forum on Productivity. The work of the Spatial Productivity Lab focuses on mechanisms that support the catching up of regions and cities that are lagging behind the (national or global) productivity frontier. It assesses to what extend national productivity can be raised through national, regional and local policy measures, e.g. through better policies and governance arrangements that leverage agglomeration economies generated by cities beyond the city itself.
Presentations and background readings
💬 Regional productivity catching up: the role of EU cohesion policy and the OECD perspective - Alexander Lembcke, OECD
📚 Productivity and jobs in a globalised world - (How) Can all regions benefit?
💬 The contribution of regions to the productivity of nations - Joaquim Oliveira Martins, OECD
💬 Regional and metropolitan data and tools - Eric Gonnard, OECD
📚 Better use of skills in the workplace - Why it matters for productivity and local jobs
📚 Does it pay to live in big(ger) cities? The role of agglomeration benefits, local amenities, and costs of living
📚 OECD Regional Outlook 2016: Productive regions for inclusive societies
📚 What makes cities more productive? Evidence on the role of urban governance from five OECD Countries
💬 The Impact of new technologies on jobs and their effects on local economies - Philip McCann, University of Sheffield Management School, UK
💬 Regional productivity catching up: the role of EU cohesion policy and the OECD perspective - Lewis Dijkstra, DG for Regional and Urban Policy
💬 Building competitiveness and innovative capacity through culture and creativity - Pierluigi Sacco, IRVAPP
📚 Ageing workforce and productivity: The unintended effects of retirement regulation in Italy
📚 Management practices, environmental conditions and productive efficiency in the service industry. An empirical study of the hotel industry in Trentino (Italian only)
📚 New studies on growth and productivity in Trentino (Italian only)
📚 Economic growth and productivity: Measurements and applications - The case of the Autonomous Province of Trento (Italian only)
Workshop: Regional productivity catching up - The role of the EU cohesion policies and the OECD perspective
3 June 2018 - 9.30 | Trento, Italy
Workshop: The determinants of job polarisation - Lessons from the Dutch local labour markets
2 June 2018 - 18.30 | Trento, Italy
Policy panel: Technology & Jobs, a perspective across levels of government
2 June 2018 - 15.00 | Trento, Italy
Key note lecture: Impact of new technologies on jobs and its effect on local economies
2 June 2018 - 11.00 | Trento, Italy
Workshop: Technology and work - The rise of Cultural and Creative Industries
1 June 2018 - 18.30 | Trento, Italy
1st meeting: The contribution of regions to the productivity of nations
21 February 2018 - 14.00 | Trento, Italy
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Book presentation: Regional disparities in the enlarged European Union
21 June 2018 - 14.00 | Trento, Italy
This activity will be implemented in co-operation with national institutions in Italy, interested OECD countries; as well as with regional authorities of Trentino Alto Adige Sudtirol, other regions in Italy and other OECD countries. The research team will include economists and related researchers detached from OECD and other relevant research centres, universities in Italy and internationally.
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