Cities as Drivers of Economic Growth

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution


Evidently, cities have become drivers of economic growth. Urbanization is an integral part of the transition to the so-called “knowledge economy”, where people leave rural areas and move towards larger cities. This process has two important policy implications. First, a “rural reform” is needed to guarantee a condemnation of homes, factories, farms etc. left by people in the rural areas.
Second, a “city reform” is needed to make sure that people have access to relevant higher education. In particular, more practice oriented educations at the bachelor level should be offered on a larger scale. Such degrees can be provided by so-called university colleges, or by branches of existing universities. In effect, a more decentralized university structure emerges, with universities being based in several cities. Such universities should interact closely with the local and regional business community, and their localization should allow for a closer interaction with the cities’ cultural life.
Period3 Oct 2014
Held atNordic City Network, Sweden