Développement économique et création locale d’emplois (LEED)

Spatial productivity for regional and local development – 7th meeting


20 February 2020 Trento, Italy  

Organised by the OECD Trento Centre

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 advance knowledge about the ways regional policy and a better understanding of spatial links can improve productivity growth and thereby the creation of better jobs and well-being.

The OECD Spatial Productivity Lab is a part of the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development, which 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

Move on up! Building, embedding and reshaping Global Value Chains through investment flows: Insights for regional innovation policies

Global value chains and global investment flows are important policy levers for innovation and upgrading at the sub-national level. Focusing on the role of multinational enterprises, conceptual and empirical analysis shows how regions can build, embed and reshape GVCs for their local benefit. Furthermore, new global insights into how GVC activities change over time highlight which underlying local economic development characteristics are prevalent for upgrading regions. 

Speeding up and scaling up firm growth: An investigation of the organisational, industry and regional drivers

Most firms do not grow, while a small number of firms not only maintain their growth but are able to accelerate it over time. Researchers, practitioners and policy makers continue to question what factors facilitate or indicate that a firm has a greater chance to grow more rapidly and become a more powerful economic driver. Using a robust longitudinal dataset from the United Kingdom (UK) during 2000–2017, we investigate the propensity of firms to accelerate in labor productivity and relative market share growth. We find that firm characteristics, industry competitive factors and macro regional attributes all explain whether organizations achieve accelerated firm growth. This study helps policy makers and firm managers better understand drivers of firm growth acceleration and paves the way for further investigations into the speed of firm growth within future research.



The event was open to civil society and all people interested in the topic upon free registration.

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Materials & Information





Autonomous Region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol 
Sala Rosa, Piazza Dante, 16
38121, Trento – Italy


OECD Contact




The Spatial Productivity Lab at the OECD Trento Centre 




‌ School of International Studies - Trento University Ispat ‌ ‌‌ 

Brescia University‌ 
Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum Sheffield University Management School  Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy - Ohio State University 




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