Archive for August, 2009

LESSONS AND EVIDENCE FROM PRODUCTIVITY AND REGIONAL GROWTH IN EUROPE

George M. Korres
Department of Geography, University of the Aegean,
University Hill, Mytilene: 81100

Constantinos Tsamadias
Harokopio University, Athens, Greece.

Abstract:

This paper investigates the relationship between productivity and technological change. The question that we shall address in this paper, is whether the recent slow down in productivity can be explained by the slow-down of innovation activities. This paper measures the effects from productivity and technical change in regional growth for European member states. The paper concludes by summarizing some of the major findings of the discussion and pointing to some directions for future research activities. read more

Keywords: Innovation, technical change, productivity, economic growth.

SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION OF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CITY OF SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE

Dr. Flora M Diaz-Perez
Dr. Victoria Jimenez-Gonzalez
University of La Laguna, Spain

Abstract:

The analysis of spatial mismatches in access to employment remains a very important area of labourmarket literature. A particular case is that of the mismatches in urban labour markets, which can resultin substantial differences in the employment opportunities available in city centres and suburbs. This study examines the spatial mismatches presented in the labour market of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. To that end, the results of a survey taken in 2003-2004 of a sample of 2000 city residents were reviewed. Results confirm the importance of transport policy for city residents; they suggest that public transport linking the different districts to the city centre should be reviewed.  read more

Key Words: spatial mismatches hypothesis, urban labour market, employment opportunities