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Industry diversification and regional employment change: A study of industry relatedness and employment changes in four Swedish regions between 2006 – 2015
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Whether regions have sufficient amount of development to endure over time can be traced to economic development as involving selection processes where less successful activities are replaced by more successful ones. This implies continuous adaption which over time may cause regional composition of industries to become more or less cohesive. Localized knowledge spillovers can be contributing parts in such renewal, implying that regional context influences economic stability and endogenous growth. Compositions of technologically related industries have been pointed out as promoting innovation, while technologically unrelated ones may contribute to regional stability regarding employment. The history of regions matters for shaping those contexts, such as long-term dependency on specific sectors as pre-conditioning further development. This thesis focus on four regions and investigates how history together with ongoing processes of restructuring influences their ability to adapt new growth paths in a time of economic recession. By this in-depth study, the concept of related variety is scrutinized from two perspectives, on the one hand it is argued that the conventional measure underestimates economic compositions in smaller regions, while on the other hand attempts to improve an artificial construct by adjusting variety and relatedness measures conduce mere strokes in the air. It is noticed that regional related diversification is connected to entering and exiting entrepreneurial activities. Results show that different regions experience similar impact from an external shock, but with different outcomes. Rather than develop paths into new productive fields, the studied regions tend to strengthen their economic base in areas technologically related to existing ones. Although varying results regarding geography and industry sectors, the findings are in line with previous studies of regional diversification, endogenous growth and divided geographies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 43
Keywords [en]
Related industries, Regional diversification, Technological adaptability
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-150291OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-150291DiVA, id: diva2:1236524
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Master's Program in Spatial Planning and Development
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Available from: 2018-08-09 Created: 2018-08-02 Last updated: 2018-08-09Bibliographically approved

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