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Regional Growth Paths and Resilience: A European Analysis

Webber, Don; Healy, Adrian; Bristow, Gillian


Adrian Healy

Gillian Bristow


© 2018, © 2018 Clark University. Research highlighting the differential resilience of economies to shocks opens up the possibility that long-run growth paths are associated with how regions cope with and recover from such shocks. To date, however, there has been limited exploration into whether long-run evolutionary growth paths or trajectories influence regional economic resilience and what types of trajectories might be more associated with resilience. This article explores the connections between regional economic resilience and regional and national growth trajectories by utilizing a novel set of methods to group regions according to the similarity of their growth paths, identifying the relative importance of national growth for regional growth, and categorizing regions according to their resilience to the 2007–2008 economic crisis. The results suggest that regions have empirically identifiable long-run and path-dependent development trajectories that are significantly associated with industrial employment shares and observed resilience outcomes. Critically, however, these regional growth paths are significantly shaped by national trajectories. Furthermore, regions with greater employment shares in sectors that are less susceptible to demand fluctuations are likely to experience more stable growth rates and be more resilient to economic downturns. This has implications for understanding the importance of evolutionary trends and specifically the role of national contexts and industrial legacies in shaping regional resilience.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 8, 2018
Journal Economic Geography
Print ISSN 0013-0095
Electronic ISSN 1944-8287
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 94
Issue 4
Pages 355-375
APA6 Citation Webber, D., Healy, A., & Bristow, G. (2018). Regional Growth Paths and Resilience: A European Analysis. Economic Geography, 94(4), 355-375.
Keywords regional growth paths, resilience, Europe
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Economic Geography on 19 February 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline....0/00130095.2017.1419057


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