Examining Regional Research And Development Indicators for the Visegrad Countries



Year of publication 2022
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference 25th International Colloquium on Regional Sciences. Conference Proceedings.
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Economics and Administration

Web https://munispace.muni.cz/library/catalog/view/2157/6183/3578-1/0#preview
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.5817/CZ.MUNI.P280-0068-2022-13
Keywords research & development; NUTS II region; science and technology; Czech Republic; Hungary; Poland; Slovakia
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Description The focus of the study is on the NUTS II regions in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland. The objective is to analyze research and development expenditures, R&D personnel, employment in high technology sectors and labor force with tertiary education and employed in science and technology at NUTS II level. The use of trend analysis to observe the movement and the changes in performance over time for these variables from 2008 to 2020 is done to draw conclusions. Aside the regions around the capitals like Bratislavský kraj in Slovakia, for the Czech Republic at the least, seven of the eight regions rank in the top performers for the variables considered using the criteria determined in the methodology. Similar trends are observed in Hungary and Poland. Also, although Poland has the most number of NUTS II regions, the total number of regions that make it to the top performers compared to the other countries is low. Attention will need to put into these regions lagging behind to allow for a catching up with the other top performers. For instance, the Czech Republic had seven out of eight, and Slovakia had two to three out of the total for most variables. One of the key points in this study is to compare not only the main regions but also other non-capital regions and to show how interested countries are in regional development by observing changes over time.
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