Education Policy and Regional Convergence in the European Union

  • Aikaterini Kokkinou
  • George M. Korres
  • Efstratios Papanis
  • Panagiotis Giavrimis
Part of the Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management book series (ITKM, volume 28)


In the past three decades, important changes in the pattern of economic growth and productivity have been interpreted as a movement towards knowledge-based economy. Currently, output and employment are expanding fast in high-technology industries, as well as in knowledge-based services. More resources are spent on the production and development of new technologies, in particular on information and communication technology. At the same time, major shifts are taking place in the labour market, in particular, the increased demand for skilled labour. Globalisation and worldwide competition has shifted the comparative advantage of economies towards the factor of knowledge and innovation, where productivity based on the endogenous development capabilities plays a rather important role, as far as growth and competitiveness enhancement are concerned.


Cohesion Policy Endogenous Growth Theory Regional Competitiveness Lisbon Agenda Economic Dynamism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aikaterini Kokkinou
    • 1
  • George M. Korres
    • 2
    • 3
  • Efstratios Papanis
    • 4
  • Panagiotis Giavrimis
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowScotland, UK
  2. 2.Centre of Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS)University of NewcastleNewcastleUK
  3. 3.Department of GeographyUniversity of the AegeanMytileneGreece
  4. 4.Department of SociologyUniversity of the AegeanMytileneGreece

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