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7th WIFO - Regional Economics Workshop

7th WIFO Regional Economics Workshop


Sustainable Regional Growth and Cohesion

with Geoffrey J.D. Hewings

Vienna, 1-2 September 2014

The Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) – Regional Economics Workshop is organized in honor of Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and member of WIFO’s Scientific Board. Prof. Hewings has published numerous scientific contributions in fields like economics, economic geography, urban and regional planning, input-output analysis and others, and is always eager to share his knowledge and give advice to younger scholars.

This year’s workshop focused on topics around sustainable regional growth and cohesion. Over the past years an intensive discussion emerged focusing on the nexus between growth, regional disparities and sustainability. Do strategies promoting sustainable growth at the national level necessarily decrease regional inequalities or is it feasible to accomplish both sustainable growth and regional equity goals at the same time? This question has also been central to the research carried out within WWWforEurope, a four year research project within the 7th Framework Programme funded by the European Commission under the lead of WIFO.

The workshop aimed at bringing together researchers from various fields of economics working mainly at the regional level to discuss ideas and exchange knowledge. Besides papers related to the overall theme of the workshop, sustainable regional growth and cohesion, contributions on other relevant topics in the field of regional economics were also welcome. The workshop attracted contributions characterised as “work in progress” and those from young researchers.


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