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Centre for Geographical Economic Research

Local and Regional Competitiveness

In a rapidly changing global economy, local and regional economies face constant competitive pressures. This aspect of the Centre's research is concerned with what, precisely, is meant by the competitiveness of local and regional economies, and why some localities and regions are more competitive than others.

Publications and Papers

Gardiner, B., Martin, R. L. and Tyler, P. (2004) Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Growth across the European Regions, Regional Studies, 38, pp. 1045-1067.

Kitson, M., Martin, R.L. and Tyler, P. (2004) Regional Competitiveness: An Elusive yet Key Concept? Regional Studies, 38, pp.991-999.

Martin, R.L. and Sunley, P.J. (2010) Regional Competitiveness: Clusters or Dynamic Comparative Advantage, Ch. 20 in Huggins,R. and Izushi, H. (Eds): Competition, Competitive Advantage and Clusters: The Ideas of Michael Porter: Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 211-237.

Martin, R.L. (2011) Regional Competitiveness: From Endowments to Externalities to Evolution, Ch. 18 in Cooke, P., Boschma, R., Martin, R.L., Schwarz, D., Asheim, B. and Toedtling, F. (Eds) Handbook of Regional Growth and Innovation, Routledge, London, pp. 234-245.

Brakman, S., Garretsen, H., van Marrewijk, C. and van Witteloostuijn, A. (2013) "Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions and Revealed Comparative Advantage", Journal of Economics and Management Strategy,22(1): 28-57.

Brakman, S. and van Marrewijk, C (2013) Lumpy countries, urbanization and Trade, Journal of International Economics, 89, pp.252-261.

Brakman, S., Garretsen, H. and van Marrewijk, C. (2014) New Economic Geography: Endogenizing Location in an International Trade Model, Chapter 30, pp. 569-589 in in Fischer, M.M. and Nijkamp, P. (eds) Handbook of Regional Science, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 1732 pp. Forthcoming.

Brakman, S., Garretsen, H and Oumer, A (2014) Town Twinning and German City Growth. CESifo Working Paper Series.

Brakman, S., Garretsen, H and v Marrewijk, C. (2015). Regional resilience across Europe: on urbanisation and the initial impact of the Great Recession, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. doi 10.1093/cjres/rsv005.