OECD Workshop on Improving Productivity in Lagging Regions


OECD Conference Centre, Paris,  28 June 2010

This workshop discussed the key factors that have been successful in helping lagging regions reach national standards and in particular the role regional policies have played in areas such as human capital, infrastructure, connectivity and innovation.

The workshop was part of an overall project on Growing Lagging Regions, which is an activity of the OECD International Forum on Regional Policy, as part of the Programme of Work of the Territorial Development Policy Committee (TDPC). 


Opening Session: What we know about the Determinants of Regional Growth


Chair:  Nick Vanston (OECD)


Session 1: Human Capital Skills for Future or Skills for Present?



  • Sverker Lindblad, Sweden
  • William Tompson, OECD


Session 2: Infrastructure – Accessibility or Connectivity?




Session 3: Institutions and Policy Discussions


  • Claire Charbit, OECD (Working Paper will be available here shortly)



Summary of the Rapporteur

  • Nick Vanston, OECD


Concluding Remarks and the Way Forward

  • Joaquim Oliveira Martins, OECD



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