Martin Prosperity Institute
invites you to a breakfast seminar on

Thursday February 7, 2013 at 9am

Innovation Networks and Firm Performances
across European Peripheries

Guest Speaker:
Dr. Teresa de Noronha
Professor of Economics, University of Algarve, Portugal
President, Research Centre on Spatial and Organizational Dynamics


Please RSVP by Wednesday February 6th.

Feel free to bring your own breakfast.
Coffee, tea and juice will be served.


Innovation Networks and Firm Performances across European peripheries


A sequence of analytical methods used to observe some of the major characteristics and respective changes in European lagging areas will be presented. Europe has been selected as a good example to illustrate innovation networks and firms performances in peripheries because, since the start of the industrial revolution, Western European economies have grown on average by 2  to 2.5 percent a year (European Commission, 1999), until the beginning of the new millennium. However, remarkable disparities between countries and more in particular between regions, can be detected. National statistics on GDP, the standard measure for economic performance, show that there is an increasing gap that became a very severe concern to the European Union as soon as the last international crises emerged. Notwithstanding, there are signs of innovative behaviors that should be considered for a better use of taylor-made regional policies, if recovery for such regions is a challenge to pursue.