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Volume 5 (19) Number 3 pp. 16-34

Philippe Gugler

Center for Competitiveness, the University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland

Assessing the competitiveness of locations: A journey through the major theoretical insights

Abstract:

The concept of competitiveness has been addressed by economic theorists
and policy makers for several hundreds of years, with both groups trying to understand
the drivers of economic prosperity and social welfare. This contribution does not
aim to address all theoretical thoughts that may contribute to understanding the roots
of the competitiveness of locations. The goal is to address the major useful theoretical
contributions that permit to identify the main drivers of a territory’s competitiveness
and therefore to assess the competitiveness of a specific location according to strong
criteria. The first section presents the major contributions found in the classical and
neo-classical theories. The second section and the third section concentrate on two
majors schools providing significant thoughts on the competitiveness of locations: the
Economic Geography (EG) School and the International Business (IB) School.

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Keywords: location competitiveness, economic geography, international business.

DOI: 10.18559/ebr.2019.3.2

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MLA Gugler, Philippe. "Assessing the competitiveness of locations: A journey through the major theoretical insights." Economics and Business Review EBR 19.3 (2019): 16-34. DOI: 10.18559/ebr.2019.3.2
APA Gugler, P. (2019). Assessing the competitiveness of locations: A journey through the major theoretical insights. Economics and Business Review EBR 19(3), 16-34 DOI: 10.18559/ebr.2019.3.2
ISO 690 GUGLER, Philippe. Assessing the competitiveness of locations: A journey through the major theoretical insights. Economics and Business Review EBR, 2019, 19.3: 16-34. DOI: 10.18559/ebr.2019.3.2