- Out of 350 regions defined by the OECD, I have selected 50 regions that are directly aligned and dominated by capital cities and major industrial and commerce centers.
- Countries covered are:
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, and US. UK
- I tested for, and controlled for influential outliers (in particular
Bratislavaand ) where their presence distorted the overall results of estimations. Washington DC
- Time horizon covered by data is years 1999-2000 and 2006-2007.
- Where the data was available for both 1999 and 2000, 1999 data was used. Where the data was available only for 2000, this data was used with 1999 label. Where the data was available for both 2006 and 2007, data for 2007 was used. Where the data was available only for 2006, it was used with 2007 label.
- There were only 7 occurrences where pairs of 1999 and 2000, and 20006 and 2007 data were not available.
- In addition to the OECD original data, I computed 1999-2007 growth rates.
The size of each bubble corresponds to income per capita. This is not what I am after here. Instead, focus on change between blue dots – regional positions in terms of 1999 levels of education and the share of knowledge intensive services in overall economic activity, and green dots – the same data for 2007.
I will explore some of the possible explanations for these results in the next log post on the matter, so stay tuned…