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CEP discussion paper

Regional Growth and Regional Decline


Since the early 1990s, there has been a renaissance in the study of regional growth, spurred by new models, methods and data. We survey a range of modelling traditions, and some formal approaches to the ’hard problem’ of regional economics, namely the joint consideration of agglomeration and growth. We also review empirical methods and findings based on natural experiments, spatial discontinuity designs, and structural models. Throughout, we give considerable attention to regional growth in developing countries. Finally, we highlight the potential importance of processes that are specific to regional decline, and which deserve greater research attention.


Holger Breinlich, Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano and Jonathan R. W. Temple

26 July 2013     Paper Number CEPDP1232

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This CEP discussion paper is published under the centre's Trade programme.