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CALL FOR PAPERS - OECD Spatial Productivity Lab Special Sessions at the 60th ERSA Congress


 25-28 August 2020Bolzano, Italy  

Territorial Futures - Visions and scenarios to cope with megatrends in a changing Europe

"Europe is experiencing different megatrends with significant impacts on society and territories. The 2020 ERSA Congress in Bolzano will provide a quick and up-to-date overview of these challenges and the implications for the domain of Regional Science in Europe. It will also explore potentially successful strategies to deal with the negative consequences of these trends, while also considering their positive effects.

With approximately 800 participants every year from all continents, the ERSA congresses have become the largest academic conferences in regional science worldwide. There is simply no better place to present your research results, network and/or exchange, find out about new developments in the field, and just to meet colleagues and friends."

Thomas Streifeneder and Andrea Omizzolo

Co-Chairs of the Local Organising Committee (LOC)




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deadline 2 March 2020

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OECD-Bank of Italy-Gran Sasso Science Institute Special Session Proposal

Competitiveness and sustainable growth across regional typologies

The joint OECD-BoI-GSSI session seeks to advance our understanding of the mechanisms of (but also barriers to) sustainable regional growth and competitiveness in the types of regions that fall outside of the “pure” urban-rural typology. The examples of such regions are mountainous areas (landscape-based groupings), island economies (connectivity/geography-based groupings), Italy’s inner areas (grouping based on rurality and access to service centres) or macroregions within countries that are distinct in terms of culture, industrial structure and other parameters that make their economic performance drastically different from the rest of the country.

By bringing research within such distinct lens together, the session will contribute to building a broader understanding of the challenges faced by different types of regions but also opportunities that they share (the accepted papers will be grouped by the type of region as opposed to the specific explained or explanatory variables).

It is hoped that the session will shed light on the differences and similarities across groups of places that can be leveraged in informed and tailored policy design and will promote the mutually enriching dialogue across various subfields of the regional science and the policy-making community.

A non-exhaustive list of topics to be covered in the session include:

  • Productivity dynamics and innovation systems of mountainous areas
  • Labor market policies in island economies
  • Human capital and migration in remote and lagging communities
  • Quality of local governments across regional typologies



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OECD-Productivity Insights Network Special Session Proposal

The spatial dimensions of productivity for regional growth

Current productivity discourse, both in academia and policy-making, predominantly revolves around national and sectoral (or industry-level) productivity determinants. From international comparisons, we know a great deal about the aggregate drivers of productivity growth. We know relatively little about the role played by places and regions in defining their own productivity performance. Due to their general scope, current national policies based on aggregate research are unlikely to effectively stimulate regional productivity growth and to decrease interregional inequality by leveraging regional and local assets. To devise successful subnational and place-based policies, a deeper understanding of the spatial dimension of productivity is needed. The urgency of such knowledge further increases as the global megatrends affect places along the urban-rural continuum differently.

The special session will offer a forum for research that advances our knowledge on the spatial drivers of productivity and/or on the ways in which regional policies based on the understanding of the spatial links can facilitate (productivity) growth. We invite quality submissions that tackle the suggested research questions below (the list is not exhaustive).

  • Why space matters for (productivity) growth?
  • How entrepreneurship, knowledge, skills and technologies are linked to productivity performance of regions?
  • What is the role played by infrastructure, agglomerations and smart specialisation?
  • How industrial structure of a region shapes its productivity and what types of industrial upgrading can drive regional productivity growth?
  • What are the spatial productivity implications of participation in GVCs?
  • Can governance structure influence regional productivity performance?
  • What can local and regional policymakers do to enhance balanced productivity growth?
  • What is the role of the spatial dimension in the productivity-inclusivity nexus?



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