Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

Spatial productivity for regional and local development – 5th meeting


10 October 2019 Venice, Italy  

Organised by the OECD Trento Centre

The OECD Spatial Productivity Lab (SPL)

The OECD Spatial Productivity Lab (SPL) is a dedicated research laboratory that works with local and global partners to improve our understanding of the spatial dimension of productivity growth, the relevance of links between different types of areas and how regional policy can facilitate productivity growth, creation of better jobs and increased well-being.

The OECD Spatial Productivity Lab at the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development is an integral part of the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities. The mission of the Trento Centre is to build capacities for local development in OECD member and non-member countries, working directly with policy makers at all levels of government.


Focus of this meeting

The 5th SPL meeting is intended to bring together academics, policy-makers and practitioners to discuss the ways of enchancing aggregate productivity growth while decreasing subnational inequalities in productivity performance. The agenda includes several presentations by researchers with different backgrounds and will offer plentiful opportunities for interactions and discussions.

The meeting started with a comprehensive overview of the literature, which identified spatial and aspatial (those based on the firm- and industry-level research) productivity determinants and demonstrated how the latter group is also linked to the underlying spatial dimension. After this introduction, the invited speakers looked at specific mechanisms and processes related to geographical variations in productivity, such as agglomerations, Global Value Chains, migration, innovation networks and sorting of businesses and individuals across space. The meeting concluded with reflections on policy implications of the current research and the ways forward.



The event was open to experts, civil society and all interested parties upon registration.

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Materials & Information



OECD Venice Office
c/o Fondazione di Venezia
Dorsoduro 3488/U
30123 Venice, Italy 

OECD Contact




The Spatial Productivity Lab at the OECD Trento Centre 


‌ School of International Studies - Trento University Ispat ‌ ‌‌ 

Brescia University‌ 
Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum Sheffield University Management School




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