Knowledge economy, economic transformations and ICT in the EU25+:
Regional dynamics in the deployment phase
Starting date: February 2007
Objectives: The objective is to analyse both theoretically and empirically the influence of ICT on knowledge spillovers, interactions and networking between firms, learning capacity, etc., in a regional context.
Description: The main aim of the study is to give a better understanding of the nature and dynamics of the economic transformations that are expected to affect the European economy during the coming decades, and in particular how they relate to two major trends: the deployment of the ICT and the globalisation of the economy. The study will focus on a sample of European regional case-studies and investigate the economic transformations that are occurring in their economies and in their relation with the rest of the world via technology-enabled change. The study will look after the emergence of new structures and organization of economic activities related to ICT use as well as after the transformation of existing ones, building on a theoretical analysis grounded on the literature on regional growth, the new economic geography and regional innovation systems. In particular, it will put special emphasis on the changing nature of interactions (spillovers) between economic agents and the influence of ICT in the changing nature of these interactions.
In the context of the new Cohesion Policy programmes, Member States are increasingly encouraged to use structural and cohesion funds in pursuit of the Lisbon objectives. Initiatives related to ICT roll-out and use are potentially important given that Cohesion Policy has become the most important item for structural spending at the EU level. These renewed efforts already materialized during the current programming period 2000-2006. In particular, structural funds expenditure support for eEurope represented around 6 billion euro, and were earmarked for information society actions over the period 2000-2006, mainly on acquisition of e-skills, modernizing public services, promoting e-business and upgrading the digital infrastructure, in particular by favouring broadband access to lagging EU regions with direct support from structural funds and/or through financial incentives. These efforts are to be pursued during the period 2007-2013 by linking directly the NRPs with the design of national strategies for Cohesion Policy.
Reports on case studies of IS trajectories in the EU15 Member States (published in 2003):
Project Leader: Salvador Barrios