Latest papers in the MIoIR Working Papers Series

Check out the two latest papers in the MIOIR Working Paper Series firstly by Stan Metcalfe and then by Raquel Ortega-Argilés and co-authors from City-REDI.

MIOIR Working Paper 2024-02: Joseph Schumpeter, Alfred Marshall and the Nature of Restless Capitalism by Stan Metcalfe

The Swedish Schumpeter Lecture 2022 On Knowledge and Economic Transformation: Joseph Schumpeter, Alfred Marshall and the Nature of Restless Capitalism. Incepted in 2011, the Swedish Schumpeter Lecture is an annually recurring series of talks organised by Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum. Contribution to the series provide advanced treatment of scholarship about the entrepreneur, the entrepreneurship function and its role for economic development. The lecture series is named in honour of Joseph Schumpeter, the scholar who pioneered a view of the entrepreneur as the central driving force of a dynamic economy. The lecture series brings together contemporary contributions to Schumpeterian research themes. Lectures are given by leading scholars, with comments provided by representatives from academia, business and politics.

MIOIR Working Paper 2024-03: UK Levelling Up R&D Mission Effects: A Multi-Region Input-Output Approach by Huanjia Ma, Raquel Ortega-Argilés, Matthew Lyons

This paper examines the UK implications for regional and national growth associated with different geographical investment patterns of publicly-funded R&D, in the light of the recommendations of the 2022 Levelling Up White Paper, aimed at balancing the national economy. The White Paper outlines twelve main "missions" focused on science, technology, and education to achieve this goal. One of these missions aims to increase domestic public Research and Development (R&D) by at least 40% outside the Greater South East (GSE) by 2030. We develop three scenarios based on different assumptions about extra R&D allocation. We use data from UKRI and ONS to determine the current distribution of R&D investment in the UK, and then using the multi-regional Socio-Economic Impact Model for the UK we evaluate our three proposed R&D spending scenarios.

Our findings suggest that the regional impact varies significantly across the different proposed scenarios. The scenario that allocates more GERD to areas with previously low funding levels yields the largest effect. On average, output, employment and GVA in regions outside GSE increase by 0.33%, 0.37% and 0.34%, respectively, showing a potentially positive effect on the levelling up of R&D in the country. Our analysis of both internal and external multipliers highlights the importance of investing in regional redistribution. We demonstrate that the GSE is more self-sufficient as it has much higher internal multipliers than the rest of the UK. However, we identified a potential obstacle: the capacity to absorb human capital, which could reduce the expected positive results of a more spatially balanced R&D expenditure across the UK.

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