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Centre for Geographical Economic Research

Unlocking the Potential for Local Economic Growth

The degree to which policy can change the economic performance and trajectory of cities and regions has become a key focus of debate. While some are sceptical that policy has any significant and long term impacts, others argue that judicious policy can have a major impact on the resilience competitiveness and growth of local and regional economies. This research theme is focused on critically evaluating these debates and examining the outcomes of local economic interventions and regeneration policies. It aims to provide an evidence-based assessment of the best ways to stimulate local economic growth and encourage recovery from recession.

Publications and Papers

Bosker, M., Brakman, S., Garresten, H., de Jong, H. and Schramm, M. (2008) Ports, Plagues and Politics, Explaining Italian City Growth 1300-1861, European Review of Economic History, 12, pp. 97-131.

Martin, R.L. (2008) National Growth versus Spatial Equality; A cautionary note on the new 'trade off' thinking in regional policy discourse, Regional Science Policy & Practice 1, pp. 3-13.

Bosker, M. and Garresten, H. (2009) Economic Development and the Geography of Institutions, Journal of Economic Geography, 9, pp. 295-328.

Tyler, P. Warnock, C. and Provins, A. (2010) Valuing the Benefits of Regeneration, Economics Paper 7, Department for Communities and Local Government, London.

Groot, S, Mohlmann, J., de Groot, H. and Garretsen, H. (2011) The Crisis Sensitivity of European Countries and Regions, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 4, pp. 437-456.

Martin, R.L. and Sunley, P.J. (2011) The New Economic Geography and Policy Relevance, Journal of Economic Geography, 11, pp. 357-370.

Tyler, P. (2011) What Should Be the Long-Term Strategy for Places with Patterns of Decline and Underperformance? In SERC, Strategies for Underperforming Places, SERC Policy Paper 6, London.

Bosker, M., Brakman, S., Garretsen, H. and Scramm, M. (2012) Relaxing Hukou: Increased Labor Mobility and China's Economic Geography, Journal of Urban Economics, 72, pp. 252-266.

Tyler, P. (2012) Making Enterprise Zones Work: Lessons from Previous Enterprise Zone Policy in the United Kingdom, Mimeo, Department for Communities and Local Government, London.

Bond, S., Gardiner, B. and Tyler, P. (2012) The Impact of Enterprise Zone Tax Incentives on Local Property Markets in England: Who Actually Benefits? Working Paper, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge.

Bosker, M. and Garresten, H. (2012) Economic geography and economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa, World Bank Economic Review, 26, 3, pp.443-485.

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

Martin, R.L. (Forthcoming) Cumulative Causation, Endogenous Growth and Regional Development, Wiley-AAG Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth. Environment and Technology