The Regional Foundations of Economic Performance
To further understand the network of regional economies, this chapter explains economic ‘performance’ through looking into growth and development manifested in variables such as productivity, employment, competitiveness, innovation, and others. The author attempts to develop a location view that considers the dependence of economic order on geographical aspects. The author introduces the notion of an economic space that can assume various forms in characterising any social division of labor. Externalities that cause either benefits or costs on producers are also discussed in relation to economic space. The chapter also analyses several theories that may have influenced the author's concept of a location theory and spatial agglomeration theory.
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