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The international symposium "Uddevalla Symposium 2001" in Vänersborg, 14 - 16 June, with the title "Regional Economies in Transition" attacted about 60 scolars and scientists from 17 different countries to meet, argument and discuss different "questions" and papers within the following areas:

  • Regional Labour Markets in Transition: A Comparison between the US and EU
  • Impacts of Changes in the Regional Environment: Policy, Infrastructure and Internationalisation
  • Theory, Data and Methodology in Regional Modelling

Formal opener of the Uddevalla Symposium 2001:

Prof. Sture Öberg, Director-General, Swedish Institute for Growth Policy Studies opened up the symposium by talking about "A comparative perspective on Labour Mobility in Sweden".

Seven keynotespeakers were invited to speak about:

Janice F. Madden: "The Concentration of Poverty in Large U.S. Metropolitan Areas"

Dr Raymond Florax: "Patial Mismatch in Regional Laobur Markets: An overview of the Literature and an Application to Higher Educated labor in Sweden, the UK and the Netherlands"

Dr Brigitte S. Waldorf: "Labor Market Implications of Current Demographic Trends"

Dr Uwe Blien: "Regional Development if Employment and Deconcentration"

Prof. Kingsley E. Haynes: "Towards a Model of Knowledge Managment in Organizations as Communities of Practise (CoP´s): A Neutral Network Approach"

Prof. Roger Stough: "Combined Spatial and Structural Analysis of Labour Markets: A Methodology and Empirical Test"

Prof. Börje Johansson: "Economic Consequeanses of Labour Market Integration".


Regional Labour Markets in Transition: A Comparison between the US and EU

Both in eras of economic growth and in eras of national economic stagnation are spatial discontinuities of the labour market significant sources of inefficiency because spatial mismatches between the demand for and the supply of labour reduces the growth rate and contribute to higher overall national unemployment. Up to now, relatively little is known about the operation of spatial labour markets and about those factors that make the spatial labour markets in EU and in the US to function in quite different ways. But a deeper theoretical and empirical understanding of spatial labour markets is a prerequisite for public policy aiming at promoting more efficient spatial labour market co-ordination and allocation.

The sessions included both theoretical and empirical contributions dealing with the following themes from a spatial perspective:

  • Spatial labour markets
  • Labour supply issues
  • Labour demand issues
  • Unemployment issues

Impacts of Changes in the Regional Environment: Policy, Infrastructure and

Internalisation During the last decade the natural environment in Europe, and in particular in the Nordic countries, has changed, partly due to the impacts of technology on the production system, and partly due to huge infrastructure investments in the area. In addition to these regional impacts globalisation and internationalisation affect the life of people in the Nordic area.

The aim of this seminar was to provide a framework for scientists to present papers and research projects analysing the impacts on economic, policy and spatial development. The purpose of the seminar was to address the issue from a broad perspective, giving the participants of the seminar the possibility to evaluate the ongoing changes in the regional environment in a holistic perspective. Among the issues that were addressed during the were:

Impacts of large-scale infrastructure investments on local and regional communities

  • Regional responses on European integration
  • Regional business development policy in a global economy
  • The impacts of demographic changes (migration, ageing of the population, impacts on the welfare state)

Theory, Data, and Methodology in Regional Modelling

The aim of this seminar was to provide a framework for scientists /academics working with different aspects of regional economic modelling to come together share and discuss experiences, results, thoughts and problems. Regional economic modelling should be understood in a broad sense, and includes Macro-economy, Environment, Labour Markets, and Traffic. Other themes included in this were:

  • Comparisons of different models
  • Model analyses
  • Model application

To conclude:
A very high percent of the participants thought that the papers contributed to their own research and promoted their scientific network as well. 45 papers were presented during the symposium.

A hard-back proceeding of the revised papers presented at the symposium has been published by the University of Trollhättan/Uddevalla. For more information about publications from this Uddevalla Symposium as well as from all Uddevalla Symposia (so far) please click here

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