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Tuesday, 24 September 2019 09:31

Invitation to the 5th meeting of the Spatial Productivity Lab, the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development


Spatial productivity for regional and local development

The OECD Spatial Productivity Lab (SPL)

The OECD Spatial Productivity Lab (SPL) is a dedicated research laboratory that works with local and global partners to improve our understanding of the spatial dimension of productivity growth, the relevance of links between different types of areas and how regional policy can facilitate productivity growth, creation of better jobs and increased well-being.

The OECD Spatial Productivity Lab at the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development is an integral part of the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities. The mission of the Trento Centre is to build capacities for local development in OECD member and non-member countries, working directly with policy makers at all levels of government.

Focus of this meeting

The 5th SPL meeting is intended to bring together academics, policy-makers and practitioners to discuss the ways of enchancing aggregate productivity growth while decreasing subnational inequalities in productivity performance. The agenda includes several presentations by researchers with different backgrounds and will offer plentiful opportunities for interactions and discussions.

The meeting will start with a comprehensive overview of the literature, which identifies spatial and aspatial (those based on the firm- and industry-level research) productivity determinants and will demonstrate how the latter group is also linked to the underlying spatial dimension. After this introduction, the invited speakers will look at specific mechanisms and processes related to geographical variations in productivity, such as agglomerations, Global Value Chains, migration, innovation networks and sorting of businesses and individuals across space. The meeting will conclude with reflections on policy implications of the current research and the ways forward.


The event is  open to experts, civil society and all interested parties upon registration.


Materials & Information

Draft Agenda


To register, please fill in this online form by 1 October 2019 23:59 CET.


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