Remarks on Regional Growth

  • Sascha Sardadvar
Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE, volume 1)


A model’s purpose is to provide insights about particular features of the world, which requires making simplifying assumptions. The usual procedure is to start with a very simplified model and then make it increasingly realistic; in the process, one comes to a more sophisticated understanding of the actual system (Krugman 1994, p. 53). Hence before starting, one must check what particular feature of the world is actually of interest if the context slightly changes. Section 5.1 reviews some approaches to regional development, including new economic geography. In Sects. 5.2 and 5.3, some particular features of standard neoclassical growth models are reconsidered in view of setting up a model of regional growth.


Human Capital Foreign Direct Investment Gross Domestic Product Saving Rate Trade Cost 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SocioeconomicsVienna University of Economics and Business, Institute for Economic Geography and GIScienceViennaAustria

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