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How Regions Grow

Trends and Analysis

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Regional differences within OECD countries are often greater than those between countries and much inequality remains. This report explores what generates growth at the regional level. Based on in-depth econometric modelling and analyses, this report reframes the debate on regional policy and development, emphasising that opportunities for growth exist in all regions.

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Executive Summary

Differences across regions within countries are often greater than differences between countries, yet economists, policy makers and international organisations have paid less attention to regional development than national growth. Marked variations in economic performance among OECD regions reflects the regions’ great diversity in income levels, employment rates, mixes of high and low productivity activities, assets, comparative advantages, stages of development and public policies.

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