Integration and convergence in regional Europe: European regional trade flows from 2000 to 2010

Mark Thissen, Dario Diodato, and Frank van Oort (2013), PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency n.1036

Policy research analysing Europe’s recent focus on place-based development (Barca, 2009) and the regional smart specialisation perspective (McCann and Ortega-Argilés, 2011) has been hampered by data deficiencies. This is particularly the case for empirical evidence on interregional relations that are central in these new policy initiatives, which are based on a systems way of thinking about innovation and growth. As a solution to this problem, we propose the development of an up-to-date data set that meets certain requirements. The resulting bi-regional panel data set describes the most likely trade flows between European regions, given all the available information, and is consistent with national accounts over the 2000–2010 period.