The knowledge regions in the enlarged Europe
|Title||The knowledge regions in the enlarged Europe|
|Publication Type||Working Paper|
|Year of Publication||2011|
|Authors||A. Colombelli, M. Foddi, R. Paci|
|Keywords||europe, human capital, knowledge, regions, technological activity|
Since the Lisbon agenda in 2000, Europe stated the goal to become the most advanced knowledge economy in the world relying specifically on the increase and strengthen of its human capital and technological endowments. However, given the presence of localized externalities in the knowledge accumulation process, this policy may produce distortive and unwanted consequences at the territorial level reinforcing the existing high inequalities among regions. Another crucial feature to be considered is the recent enlargement process of the European Union which has brought on stage new players characterized by a low average level of knowledge activity accompanied by a huge degree of internal territorial disparity.