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Dear all,

Please see below some information about the Winter Seminar of the German-speaking section (GfR) of the European Regional Science Association (ERSA). Just to add that the conference language is English.

I would like to invite you to the annual winter seminar of the German-speaking section (GfR) of the European Regional Science Association (ERSA). It will take place between the 16th and 23rd of February 2019 in Matrei in Osttirol (Austria). Abstract submissions (max. 500 words) in all sub-fields of regional science are welcome until the 15th of November 2018 via the homepage of GfR also state if you have restrictions regarding the day of presentation when submitting your abstract). You will receive a notification of acceptance no later than the end of November. The seminar language will be English.

The seminar has a rather unique format: sessions are only held in the afternoons and evenings, meaning that there is ample spare time for networking, paper writing, the development of new research ideas, research collaborations, and last but not least for enjoying the beautiful Alpine nature and winter sports activities in the surroundings. Time slots of one hour are reserved for each presentation, providing plenty of room for in-depth discussion. You can find the seminar programs of the previous year here:

Participation in the seminar is free for first-time attendants and members of GfR or other regional sections of ERSA.

The seminar will take place at Hotel Gasthof Hinteregger:

Hintermarkt 4, A-9971 Matrei in Osttirol, Tel. +43 4875 6587,

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Rooms can be reserved at the following rates until December 15th 2018 by contacting Hotel Hinteregger directly:

Single room: 95 Euro per person per night (half board) Double room: 82 Euro per person per night (half board) Please forward the call to potentially interested persons.

Dieter Pennerstorfer

(Scientific Secretary of the GfR)

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Papers in Regional Science

Volume 97, Issue 3

Pages: 465-831

August 2018


Issue information

Pages: 465-466 | First Published: 16 August 2018


Theoretical perspectives on localized knowledge spillovers and agglomeration
Samuli Leppälä

Pages: 467-484 | First Published: 20 October 2016

Agglomeration, (un)‐related variety and new firm survival in China
Anthony Howell, Canfei He, Rudai Yang, C. Cindy Fan

Pages: 485-500 | First Published: 14 November 2016

Relatedness through experience: On the importance of collected worker experiences for plant performance
Lisa Östbring, Rikard Eriksson, Urban Lindgren

Pages: 501-518 | First Published: 18 October 2016

(Un)related variety and employment growth at the sub‐regional level
Matthias Firgo, Peter Mayerhofer

Pages: 519-547 | First Published: 06 January 2017

The role of R&D collaboration networks on regional knowledge creation: Evidence from information and communication technologies
Cilem Selin Hazır, James LeSage, Corinne Autant‐Bernard

Pages: 549-567 | First Published: 13 December 2016

Long‐run processes of geographical concentration and dispersion: Evidence from Germany
Wolfgang Dauth, Michaela Fuchs, Anne Otto

Pages: 569-593 | First Published: 16 December 2016

Human capital as a location factor: An empirical investigation of relocating firms and their labour force in the Netherlands
Gintarė Morkutė, Sierdjan Koster

Pages: 595-616 | First Published: 20 September 2016

Do higher college graduation rates increase local education levels?
John V. Winters

Pages: 617-638 | First Published: 03 October 2016

Geography, market potential and industrialization in Italy 1871–2001
Vittorio Daniele, Paolo Malanima, Nicola Ostuni

Pages: 639-662 | First Published: 05 December 2016

Firm location, interaction, and local characteristics: A case study for Madrid's electronics sector
Miguel Gómez‐Antonio, Stuart Sweeney

Pages: 663-685 | First Published: 28 December 2016

Spatial spillovers in US wholesale gasoline markets
Oleg Kucher, J. Wesley Burnett, Donald Lacombe

Pages: 687-710 | First Published: 25 November 2016

Retail productivity: The effects of market size and regional hierarchy
Özge Öner

Pages: 711-736 | First Published: 17 November 2016

Venture capital: The effect of local and global social ties on firm performance
Katja Bringmann, Thomas Vanoutrive, Ann Verhetsel

Pages: 737-755 | First Published: 11 November 2016

Do urban casinos affect nearby neighbourhoods? Evidence from Canada
Haifang Huang, Brad R. Humphreys, Li Zhou

Pages: 757-784 | First Published: 30 December 2016

The structure and dynamics of population migration among economic areas in the United States from 1990 to 2011
Zengwang Xu

Pages: 785-800 | First Published: 30 January 2017

Are local public services better delivered in more autonomous regions? Evidence from European regions using a dose‐response approach
Andrea Filippetti, Giovanni Cerulli

Pages: 801-826 | First Published: 30 January 2017


Understanding the location of foreign direct investment
Laura Resmini

Pages: 827-828 | First Published: 17 April 2018

Masters of craft. Old jobs in the new urban economy. Richard E. Ocejo, Princeton University Press. 2017. Hardcover. 368 pages. Price: $29.95. ISBN 9780691165493.
Michiel Gerritse

Pages: 829-831 | First Published: 03 July 2018 


NARSC 2018

Thursday, 20 September 2018 09:14

1)NARSC Conference Workshops


There will be two workshops at this year’s North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International in San Antonio, TX.

Workshop 1: CGE Economic Modeling with TERM-USA Using Customized RunGEM, facilitated by John Madden and Louise Roos of the Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS) Victoria University, Melbourne

Workshop 2: Spatial Data Analysis with PySAL, facilitated by Sergio J. Rey and Wei Kang, Center for Geospatial Sciences, School of Public Policy, University of California, Riverside


Both workshops are full day events and will be held on Wednesday, November 7. The $95 registration fee includes coffee breaks and lunch. More information about the workshops can be found at Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible. You must pre-register for these workshops. On-site registration will not be possible.


2) NARSC Conference Hotel


If you have not done so, please book your room at the conference hotel as soon as possible. If you do not plan to stay at the conference hotel, please make sure that you pay the registration surcharge. This is very important. NARSC has a contract with the conference hotel that commits us to filling a minimum number of room nights. If NARSC does not meet its room night quota, it will charged for unfilled room nights. You can book your room directly at

If you are looking to save on hotel costs at the NARSC Meetings in San Antonio, we have created a roommate finder that you can use to find someone to share a room with you, at the conference hotel. The roommate finder can be found at

Call for papers for RSPP Special Issue “New trends and Dynamics on Territorial Management and Governance”


Dear Colleagues,

Based on the fresh and new trends, emerging issues and future challenges regarding territorial governance, public management and their inherent paths to achieve a sustainable development, the International Congress on Sustainable Development, Public Management and Territorial Governance that will take place at WSB University in Dabrowa Gornicza, between 28 and 31 May 2019 – will be associated to the journal Regional Science Policy and Practice, creating a challenge to publish a special issue on the journal (Regional Science Policy & Practice - RSPP).


This special issue is dedicated for the analyse and assessment of the ongoing dynamics and patterns in different territories regarding sustainability and the related issues that may have an influence over it. Therefore, the recent territorial policies and strategies as well as cross-border cooperation and the migratory fluxes are some of the examples that this special issue aims to address – mainly from the perspective of management and territorial governance.


Contextually, the best works will be invited to publish in the Special Issue. Thus, during the event abstracts submission, the authors will be notified to send their full texts until the 24th of May 2019 to the editors of this special issue: Rui Alexandre Castanho, Joanna Kurowska-Pysz and Katarzyna Szczepańska-Woszczyna, represented by Rui Alexandre Castanho (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


The papers will be selected until 2019 and should be submitted to the regular review process of the journal until July 31 of 2019. With a regular review process, it is expected that the papers accepted will be published in the first Issue of 2020.


Editors of this Special Issue:

Rui Alexandre Castanho This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Joanna Kurowska-Pysz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Katarzyna Szczepanska This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Call for Applications - Editor-in-Chief,

Papers in Regional Science (PiRS)


The Regional Science Association International (RSAI) seeks candidates for the position of editor-in-chief of one of the association’s official journals, Papers in Regional Science (PiRS). PiRS is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to advancing fundamental knowledge in regional science from its multiple theoretical and methodological perspectives, and is one of the highest ranked journals in the field of regional science. The journal encourages high quality scholarship on a broad range of topics in the field of regional science. 


Candidates should be RSAI members with a wide knowledge of urban and regional phenomena as well as distinguished records of scholarly contributions internationally. Candidates should also possess strong intellectual vision, leadership and organizational abilities, and experience relevant to editing a journal in the field of regional science. The appointment will start January 2019 and continue for a three-year renewable term.


The editor’s primary responsibility is to continue to enhance the journal’s quality, reputation, and scholarship. The editor will be expected to strengthen the journal’s competitive position in support of RSAI’s worldwide mission. The editor will also demonstrate visionary leadership in developing editorial policies and initiatives that stimulate novel ways to theorize and analyze the changing reality of urban and regional environments so as to represent the full spectrum of high-quality research conducted worldwide in the regional science community.


The editor will recommend an international team of associate editors and a book review editor to help administer the peer review process, promote excellence in content and advance editorial initiatives.

The PiRS editor reports to RSAI through the RSAI Council. RSAI provides financial support to the editorial office for management of the journal.


Detailed information on responsibilities and on the process for applying for the editor-in-chief position is available below.


Specific duties of the Editor-in-Chief and journal editorial office include:

  1. Maintaining and updating the aims and scope of the journal, editorial policies, and guidelines to authors.
  2. Overseeing the manuscript peer review process through the publisher’s on-line submission portal in an unbiased, confidential, and timely manner.
  3. Checking proofs and revisions to proofs.
  4. Preparing and forwarding accepted manuscripts to the publisher’s production department.
  5. Coordinating standards and practices across managing editors and managing the workload of each member of the editorial team.
  6. Maintaining close and regular contact with the publisher on marketing and production matters.
  7. Initiating and responding to correspondence with authors, managing editors, and reviewers.
  8. Recruiting, selecting, and appointing PiRS board members that reflect the diversity of regional science and addressing any performance issues.
  9. Soliciting guest issues, selecting guest editors, and providing advice and assistance to guest editors.
  10. Adhering to the page budget and financial structures set by RSAI. RSAI and the publisher are responsible for managing production, layout, printing, subscriptions, pricing and funding initiatives for society publications.
  11. Appointing associate editors and a book review editor (to be approved by RSAI Council). The editorial team (editor and associate editors) will be comprised of RSAI members with high stature and respect in the community, and with the expertise to manage the breadth of regional science.
  12. Serving as a non-voting ex officio member of RSAI Council and other regional science governing bodies.
  13. Chairing the jury of the annual Martin Beckmann Prize for the best article published in PiRS and managing the nomination and selection procedure.
  14. Reporting to RSAI Council through regular reports at Council meetings.
  15. Reporting to the journal editorial board through board meetings held at least once a year.


Application process:

Interested individuals should submit an application package that includes:

A succinct letter of interest and qualifications, containing an indication of the editorial team;

A vision statement for the next three to six years of publication of PiRS;

A curriculum vitae;

The names and contact information of three references.

Applications packages must be received by October 19, 2018.

All requested information should be submitted by e-mail as a single PDF file to Dan Rickman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., copying Elisabete Martins, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., in the e-mail.

Secretary-General Appoints Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana as Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana of Indonesia as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

She will succeed Shamshad Akhtar of Pakistan, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her commitment and dedicated service to the Organization.  The Secretary-General is also appreciative to Hongjoo Hahm, who will continue to serve as Acting Executive Secretary until Ms. Alisjahbana assumes her position.

Ms. Alisjahbana is currently Professor of Economics at Universitas Padjadjaran in Bandung, Indonesia, a position she assumed in 2005.  She joined Universitas Padjadjaran as a lecturer in 1988.  Since 2016, she has served as Director for the Center for Sustainable Development Goals Studies at Universitas Padjadjaran and Vice-Chair of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences.  She also serves on the Governing Board of the Economic Research Institute for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia, and member of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (Akademi Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia), the Forum of Statistics Community (Forum Masyarakat Statistik or Advisory Council of the Indonesian Statistics), the International Advisory Board of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies and Council Member of the Regional Science Association International.

From 2009 to 2014, she was Minister of National Development Planning and the Head of the National Development Planning Agency, Indonesia.  She served as Co-Chair of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation from 2012 to 2014.  From 2009 to 2014, she was Alternate Governor of the World Bank and Alternate Governor of the Asian Development Bank representing the Government of Indonesia.  In 2016, she was a member of the High-Level Independent Team of Advisers to support the Economic and Social Council dialogue on the longer term positioning of the United Nations development system in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  Ms. Alisjahbana has been involved in various research projects and consultancies to the United Nations University/Institute for Advanced Study in Tokyo, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia, the Australian Agency for International Development, the European Commission and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Ms. Alisjahbana earned her bachelor degree in economics and development studies from Universitas Indonesia, a masters degree in economics from Northwestern University in the United States and a PhD in economics from the University of Washington, also in the United States.  She was awarded the Mahaputra Adipradana Order (Bintang Mahaputra Adipradana) from Indonesia, honorary brevet from the Indonesian Navy and honorary flight wing from the Indonesian Air Force.

Call for papers for RSPP Special Issue “Challenges and policies for Middle-income trap regions


Dear Colleagues,


the 7th Cohesion Report of the European Commission highlighted the development challenges of a group of middle-income EU regions, and the risk for those regions to be caught in the so-called ‘middle-income trap.


The Regional Science Policy & Practice - RSPP (RSPP) special issue:  Challenges and policies for Middle-income trap regions (guest editors  Andres Rodriguez-Pose and Vinko Muštra): wishes to analyse and provide robust evidence for the existence of the middle income trap among the regions, but also to help understanding the key determinants and identify adequate policy responses.


The proper platform for presenting scientific novelty and the policy relevance of the proposed papers will be the 13th International Conference: “Challenges of Europe: Growth, Competitiveness, Innovation and Well-being” (22-24, May 2019, Bol, island Brač, Croatia).


Authors are invited to send their abstract until the 4th of February 2019. Abstract and full papers have to be submitted through the on-line submission system available at:


Submissions by e-mail, fax or regular mail will not be taken into consideration.


The papers will be selected, after the presentation at the Conference, by 28th of September 2019 and papers should be submitted to the regular review process of the journal until 16th of December 2019.


With a regular review process it is expected that the papers will be publish in June 2020.


Coordinator of this Special Issue Editor:

Vinko Mustra This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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