Primavera 2011

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Books reviews

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Surveys and Debates

Luis César Herrero Prieto

The contribution of culture and the arts to regional economic development

The current paper sets out the main determinants to emerge between culture, perceived as an art form, and regional economic development, in a two-fold sense: on the one hand, the impact of cultural activities on the economic development of an area in the short and long term, and on the other, no less important, how economic growth impacts development and changes in the cultural sector. We also explore the spatial logic of cultural and artistic activities, which are inevitably converging, however much we may consider that talent or cultural heritage are in principle equally distributed. All of these analyses are framed within the sphere of cultural economics, the analytical borders of which as a scientific discipline are dealt with at the beginning of the paper.

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Methodological and research notes

Josep Capó-Vicedo, Manuel Expósito-Langa, F. Xavier Molina-Morales

University in industrial districts in a changing competitive context. Analysis of the valencian textile industrial district

The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the debate on the role played by universities in industrial districts, faced with a situation of change in the competitive environment. We conduct a longitudinal study of a district with serious problems of competitiveness, using techniques of Social Network Analysis. The results show how the district has changed the distribution of its relational capital. In particular we detectan increasingly importance of relationships between companies and the University, evidenced by an increase in the density of relations between them, as well as a more central role played by university.

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Josep-Antoni Ybarra

Alfred Marshall in Spain: from his omission until his refund by territorial industrial policy

In Spanish literature on regional economic analysis, is quoted with some profusion the work of Alfred Marshall. In this paper analyzes the reasons that his work was known with some delay in Spain and why are the issues related to territorial policy —especially topics related to industrial districts and regional clusters— those with a greater focus has been extended.

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Ángel de la Fuente

A note on the dynamics of regional funding

This paper analyzes the dynamic properties of the current regional financing system and compares them with those of its predecessor, with special attention to the sensitivity of each to the growth of income and population and to the evolution of the age structure of the latter.

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Pablo Alonso González, Irene Albarrán Lozano y Miguel Ángel Fajardo

Effect of dependency in spanish regions: affected people and costs linked to their assistance

The approval and implementation of Long Term Care Law has opened a new field for public policies. According to this Law, the Regional Governments will be in charge for offering the services needed. For this reason, it can be adequate to know if the impact of this new service will be the same amongst all the territories. This paper tries to estimate how many dependent people would have the right to receive public aid in each Region and what their cost will be, not only in the present moment but also in 2015. For that time, it is supposed that the public system will be fully implemented.

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Carlos Iglesias Fernández, Raquel Llorente Heras y Diego Dueñas

Job quality and job satisfaction in Spanish regions. A study with special reference to Comunidad de Madrid

The article analyses the job quality and the job satisfaction from a regional point of view, paying an especial attention to the especial case of the region of Madrid. Job satisfaction is a relevant matter, explaining some of the most important outcomes of labour market. The quality of job is the main aspect setting worker’s feeling about job. In this context, this paper pursuit several goals: First, we want to know the level of job quality form a regional point of view. Second, we are interested on relation between job quality and job satisfaction, explaining the observed different between Madrid and the rest of Spain. Results point out that Madrid has a high level of job quality but their workers show a less job satisfaction than other Spanish regions.

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José Manuel Cansino Muñoz-Repiso y Antonio Sánchez Braza

Assessing the impact of a training program on how long a job search

This paper estimes the average effect of the Spanish Training Schools Program on the period needed to find a job. Three methods have been developed: weighting on the propensity score, Heckman’s estimator and propensity score-matching. For the participants in the program, the number of days up to finding a job diminishes in 471, 446 and 467, respectively, depending on the used estimator one. There is a consistent evidence across methods that the program evaluated reduces the necessary time to find a job.

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Rafael Boix y Joan Trullén

The empirical importance of Marshallian industrial districts and manufacturing local production systems of large firms in Spain

This contribution presents the revisión of the maps of Marshallian industrial districts and manufacturing local production systems of large firms in Spain, following the new ISTAT 2006 methodology. The article presents the methodology for the identification of local labour markets, industrial districts, manufacturing local production systems of large firms, as well as the complete results of their application to Spain.

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Maria Manuela Natário, Ascensão Braga, Constantino Rei

Clustering craftwork activities: An approach to promote regional development in a peripheral region of Portugal

Portugal’s globalization and integration had positive repercussions at the economic and social development level, but simultaneously it evidenced regional asymmetries, demanding new explanatory models to lessen existent disparities. Recent paradigms value the endogenous characteristics of the territory that appear decisive of the country’s development, including the idea that regions and local agents should identify new kinds of production organization and relationships, thus enhancing clusters. Given that, in the Beira Interior Norte, craftwork activities assume a relative economic and social importance, the purpose of the present paper is to verify whether this sector acquires the cluster classification in the region and continuously characterized this classification while potential cluster promote and develop economic and social factors.

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Santiago Rodríguez Feijoo, Carlos González Correa, Alejandro Rodríguez Caro

How do consumer prices change in an island economy? Empirical evidence from the prices of four food and beverage products in the Canary Islands

The purpose of this work is to find empirical evidence on the behavior of the prices in an insular region, with a market of small size and, simultaneously, fragmented. To that end, with consumer price data for four products of the food and beverage group observed in the Canary Islands we study the price and rigidity, characterized by frequency, duration and size of price changes. The main empirical result found for these four products is that market fragmentation and the type of establishment are important factors in explaining the price level and not so when one wants to explain his change. In this case, the product is the decisive element in explaining the basic features of price change, not observing rigidities either in terms of changes or establishments.

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