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Sustainable competitiveness: a spatial econometric analysis for European regions

  • This paper argues for a productivity-based view on competitiveness considering sustainability aspects. A novel composite index of sustainable competitiveness for 272 European NUTS-2 regions in 28 countries is established. Principal component factor analysis and a structural equation model are utilized to identify the drivers of sustainable competitiveness, to explore the relationships between the different components, and to determine the indicator weighting and aggregation. Thereby, five mutual interdependent drivers are identified: social and ecological fundamentals, micro and macroeconomic competitiveness, and intermediate outputs. The index reveals important insight for policy makers into the sustainable competitiveness trajectory of European regions._x000D_ Keywords Sustainable regional competitiveness; composite index; beyond GDP; European studies; rankings_x000D_ JEL Classification O11, O12, R11, R38, R58

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Document Type:Working Paper
Author:Patrick Möbius, Wilhelm Althammer
Chairs and Professorships:Chair of Macroeconomics
Year of Completion:2017
HHL Working Paper 168. Leipzig: HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, 2017