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Regional development in Sweden: An empirical investigation on human capital and the creative class approach.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Among current theorists and urban planners human capital and the creative class concept has received major attention in creating regional development. Research has found evidence of the importance these play and therefore this paper aims to study how they affect regional development. Studying local labour market regions in Sweden, I conduct a regression analysis using cross-sectional data from primarily 2012, studying all aggregated LA-regions but also construct a categorization of these regions, based on population size. The results find evidence that education and the super creative core have a positive effect that generate regional development. However, the creative class is found to be both positive and negative in the analysis. Further this problematizes and questions the significance of previous research due to the variations found in the results.

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2015. , 44 p.
Keyword [en]
Regional development, human capital, creative class, Richard Florida, Edward Glaeser, regression
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Law and Society
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-117913OAI: diva2:817629
Available from: 2015-06-17 Created: 2015-06-05 Last updated: 2015-06-17Bibliographically approved

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