English title: Efficiency of knowledge bases in urban population and economic growth – Evidence from European cities

Author(s): Veronica Hájková - Petr Hájek -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2014

Abstract

Knowledge is increasingly becoming a vital factor in a city’s development. However, the mechanism of the transformation of a knowledge base into urban development remains unclear. This study estimates the impact of the knowledge bases of European cities on both city-level population growth and economic growth. Its findings shed new light on the role of knowledge processes in the development of cities in both new Member states and in the EU-15. Our results suggest that cities in new Member states turn their knowledge bases into urban growth more efficiently than those in the EU-15, especially owing to the weak initial level of synthetic knowledge creation and transfer. We also demonstrate that economic growth in 2004–2009 was mainly attributed to economic convergence and internal knowledge transfer with sales effects.

Volume: 40

Issue: 0

From page no: 11

To page no: 22

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1016/J.CITIES.2014.04.001

Journal: Cities