Mapping relatedness in European regions

Frank van Oort, Nicola Cortinovis, T Dogaru, J Haaren

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This chapter introduces the concepts of related variety and skill-relatedness in the European Union, and discusses how this links to the entrepreneurial search process and innovative structural change in regional contexts. The concept of relatedness is central and it encompasses more than sectoral branching because it also captures various other important forms of proximity and regional relatedness in Europe. These include input_output and global value chain linkages, institutional proximity, technological and cognitive relatedness, knowledge transfer mechanisms and infrastructural relatedness. The chapter illustrates a new empirical research which puts skill-relatedness on the local (sub-regional) map of the Netherlands. The chapter links the patterns of mapped relatedness to policy implications at the local and regional level, and shows that diversification strategies may be more complex to actively pursue when they have to comply with existing entrepreneurial, educational, industrial organisation, infrastructural and social network conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQuantitative Methods for Place-based Innovation Policy
Subtitle of host publicationMeasuring the Growth Potential of Regions
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)9781789905519
ISBN (Print)9781789905502
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

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