On 14-16 January 2018, our researcher Robin Philips attended the 4th RSA ReHi-workshop ‘An historical account of regional resilience’ in Leeuwarden (the Netherlands), organized by the Regional Studies Association (RSA) and the RSA Research Network on Regional Economic and Policy History (ReHi).
At this event, he presented preliminary results of a forthcoming paper which focused on the long-term development of unemployment numbers at the municipal level in the Low Countries (Belgium and the Netherlands). The study identified correlations between human capital and early industrialization of regions. Interestingly, development paths such as these were also linked to higher unemployment figures in post-industrial times. The latter correlation, though, could not be explained by different levels of human capital – thus underscoring the need for further research. A digital copy of the Powerpoint presentation can be found here.
The workshop was carried out within the Framework of the with support from the Fryske Akademy/Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the N.W. Posthumus Institute. More information and a full report on the workshop can be found here.