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Title: Universities and economically depressed regions: how strong is the influence of the University of Évora on the human capital of the region
Authors: Rego, Conceição
Editors: Santangelo, Grazia
Keywords: Human Capital
Regional Development
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Citation: Rego, Conceição (2005), “Universities and economically depressed regions: how strong is the influence of the University of Évora on the human capital of the region”, in (Edited by) Santangelo, Grazia D. Technological Change and Economic Catch-Up The role of Science and Multinationals, Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 240-260.
Abstract: Universities are a source of significant multiplier effects upon local and regional economic activity. In the case of economically depressed regions, the importance of universities is enhanced. This is the case with the University of Évora, located in the Alentejo (Portugal), one of the poorest EU regions, where it has been a key element in the dynamics of local economic activity. Apart from having a direct impact upon the economic activity of the Alentejo, the University of Évora has also been responsible for demographic effects, both by encouraging new permanent residents to the area, and also by attracting a fluctuating mass of students, who usually become residents during the period of time required to obtain their degrees. In this paper, a population of former University of Évora students is analysed with the objective of answering questions related to their connections with the city of Évora and its surrounding areas, after graduation, and also of analysing their impact upon regional economic activity and their contribution to the improvement of the regional labour force. The University of Évora is also assessed from the perspective of its relationships with other regional agents, in terms of knowledge and innovation transference. It is concluded that one of the main contributions of the University of Évora to regional economic activity occurs via the employment of its graduates in local and regional schools, enterprises and other institutions.
ISBN: 1-84542-482-4
Type: bookPart
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