Week 1 : Geography of innovation and growth : theory and empirics

Outline of the week

Technological change is the single most important drive of long run economic growth. In the recent economics literature scientists’ interests turned heavily to the regional dimension of this process that is the extent to which spatial proximity and agglomeration of the actors in innovation contribute to the effectiveness of the system both in terms of technological development and per capita growth. The focus of the first Pécs week is on the current state of affairs of this field in theory, empirical research and methodology. Leading international experts provide overviews from the theoretical perspectives of the new economic geography and evolutionary geography and summarize empirical results in entrepreneurship research and the geography of innovation. Sessions on spatial econometrics and spatial computable general equilibrium modeling are also provided to introduce students to empirical research methodology.



Attila VARGA, University of Pecs, Hungary

Ron BOSCHMA, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands


Teaching staff (confirmed)
Ron Boschma, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Giulio Bottazzi, Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa, Italy

Bart LOS,University of Groningen,the Netherlands

Mario Maggioni – Catholic University of Milan, Italy
Pier-Paolo Saviotti, Université Pierre Mendès-France, Grenoble, CNRS-GREDEG, Sophia Antipolis and OFCE, France
Stefano Usai, Università di Cagliari, Italy
Attila Varga, University of Pécs, Hungary

PROGRAMME (provisional)

Monday, July 5th
9.00 – 9.30: Welcome, practical and organizational issues – Ron BOSCHMA and Attila VARGA
9.30 – 12.30: Geography and growth: Introduction and the evolutionary economic geography perspective – Ron BOSCHMA
14.00 – 16.00: PhD presentation n°1: Andrea COCCHI; Junior discussant: Victor PEREZ; Senior discussant: Ron BOSCHMA

Tuesday, July 6th
9.00 – 10.30: New variety and economic growth - Pier Paolo SAVIOTTI
11.00- 12.30: Evolutionary modeling of location – Giulio BOTTAZZI
14.00-16.00: PhD Presentation n° 2: Sabyasachi TRIPATHI; Junior discussant: David JANOSIK;Senior discussant: Giulio BOTTAZZI
16.15 - 17.45: PhD Presentation n° 3: Judit RONCZ; Junior discussant: Ralph HIPPE; Senior discussant: Pier-Paolo SAVIOTTI


Wednesday, July 7th

9.00 – 10.30:Are new "Silicon Valleys" emerging? The distribution of superstar patents across US States - Bart LOS

11.00- 12.30: Agglomeration and interregional network effects in European research productivity - Attila VARGA
14.00-16.00: PhD Presentation n° 4: Tobias BUCHMANN; Junior discussant: Drew GERTNER;Senior discussant: Ron BOSCHMA
16.15-17.45: PhD presdetnation n°5: Ralph HIPPE; Junior discussant: Nina MENZ; Senior discussant: Attila VARGA


Thursday, July 8th
9.00 – 10.30: The role of interregional networks in the geography of innovation – Mario MAGGIONI
11.00- 12.30: Knowledge spillovers in space - revisiting the issue with a novel OECD data set - Stefano USAI
14.00-16.00: PhD Presentation n° 6: David JANOSIK; Junior discussant: Sangwoo SHIN; Senior discussant: Mario MAGGIONI
16.15 - 17.45: PhD Presentation n° 7: Nina MENZ; Junior discussant: Friedrich DORNBUSCH; Senior discussant: Stefano USAI

Friday, July 9th

9.00 - 10.30: Applied Spatial Econometric Analysis I. – Attila VARGA
11.00 - 12.30: Applied Spatial Econometric Analysis II. - Attila VARGA
14.00-16.00: Spatial econometrics in practice – application in the field of the geography of innovation – Attila VARGA and Péter JÁROSI
16.15 – 16:45: Integrating the geography of innovation to policy modeling – Attila VARGA
17:00 – 17:45: Concluding session. A summary discussion – Ron BOSCHMA and Attila VARGA