Geography, Institutions and Regional Economic Performance

  • Riccardo Crescenzi
  • Marco Percoco

Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Riccardo Crescenzi, Marco Percoco
    Pages 1-11
  3. Space, Growth and Development

  4. Institutions and Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Elena Bellini, Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano, Dino Pinelli, Giovanni Prarolo
      Pages 121-141
    3. Riccardo Crescenzi, Luisa Gagliardi, Marco Percoco
      Pages 143-164
    4. Stefan Bauernschuster, Oliver Falck, Robert Gold, Stephan Heblich
      Pages 165-186
  5. Agglomeration Economies, the Location of Economic Activities and Innovation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Fabrice Comptour
      Pages 209-235
    3. Sabine D’Costa, Steve Gibbons, Henry Overman, Panu Pelkonen
      Pages 263-279
    4. Simona Iammarino, Mariacristina Piva, Marco Vivarelli, Nick von Tunzelmann
      Pages 281-302
  6. Geography in Motion: Trade, FDI and Migrations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. Carlo Pietrobelli, Roberta Rabellotti, Marco Sanfilippo
      Pages 397-414

About this book


The book brings together contributions by scholars from several countries and different “sister” disciplines (Economic Geography, Urban and Regional Economics, Innovation Studies) with different approaches to the same crucial issue: how geography, culture and institutions influence regional economic performance. It includes a number of relevant insights into these complex relations covering different-though complementary-streams of literature in order to emphasize their points of contact and areas of consensus (or disagreement).

The role of institutional and cultural factors in shaping regional economic dynamics is analysed together with the impact of clusters, accessibility, urbanization processes and localised inter-firm linkages. The dynamic interactions of economic agents across space are also explored in depth by analysing the geography of trade flows, labour and capital mobility. Empirical analyses cover the whole European Union with some chapters focused on specific European countries but also on non-European and emerging economies.

The book effectively demonstrates that regional development is a complex and multifaceted phenomenon, the in-depth understanding of which calls for the simultaneous consideration of a variety of phenomena and the structural characteristics of places and agents. The understanding of regional economic performance hence calls for an explicit consideration of both “hard” and “soft ” factors of development, especially in terms of geography, culture and institutions.


Economic Geography Innovation Institutions Regional Policy Regional growth

Editors and affiliations

  • Riccardo Crescenzi
    • 1
  • Marco Percoco
    • 2
  1. 1., Dept. of Geography and EnvironmentLondon School of EconomicsLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2., Institutional Analysis andUniversità BocconiMilanoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-33394-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-33395-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1430-9602
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