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Lunch Talk: Size matters when it comes to employment growth
May 7, 2018 @ 12:00 - 12:30
Professor Lars Winther will give a status on the research “Employment growth in Danish towns and regions: Human capital, industrial structure and location”.
Danish employment growth has generally been concentrated in large city-regions in recent decades and peripheral regions have suffered from de-industrialization and employment loss. Yet, little is known about the development of towns outside the city-regions, nor of the smaller towns within them.
The presentation highlights recent findings of the employment growth in Danish towns and regions with a focus on industrial structure, location and human capital before and after the financial crisis in 2008. The analysis reveals four main conclusions. First, town size matters, as the larger a town is, the better it performed. Second, the greater the industrial diversity, the less towns were affected by the crisis. Third, towns dominated by either construction and manufacturing or specific service industries were hit hardest by the crisis. Fourth, the regional locations of towns and their proximity to a larger town or city are important for employment growth.
His research is on the key aspects of urban and regional development and industrial change and location with a focus on the importance of employment, human capital, competitiveness and innovation and the geography of the knowledge economy. Lars Winther uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including register based data from Statistics Denmark and case studies. This is to understand the spatial patterns and processes from the complexities of location to economic activities, and its socioeconomic consequences in the European context.
This event is powered by Kraks Fond: Institute for Urban Economic Research
The event is being held at BLOX, entrance C, 3rd Floor, BLOXHUB Arena/members lounge.
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