Journal Article

Capital, institutions and urban growth systems

Robert Huggins

in Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society

Volume 9, issue 2, pages 443-463
Published in print July 2016 | ISSN: 1752-1378
Published online May 2016 | e-ISSN: 1752-1386 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsw010
Capital, institutions and urban growth systems

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In recent years, both endogenous capital accumulation and institutional theories of economic growth have emerged as central sources for explaining uneven development across cities and regions. This article seeks to connect both theoretical stances as a means of explaining urban and regional growth differentials. It conceptualises urban and regional economies as growth systems combining the interaction between capital and institutions at the firm, inter-firm and spatial level. In these systems, the capital drivers of growth are not merely the result of preferences and existing capital endowments, but are mediated by a set of institutional factors.

Keywords: cities; regions; urban; growth; institutions; capital; o1; o18; o3; o43

Journal Article.  11831 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth ; Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics ; Economic Geography ; Political Economy ; Economic Sociology

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