Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: Smart Growth as a Tool for Regional Convergence: Evidence from Latgale Region of Latvia
Issue: Vol. 10, No 4, 2017
Published date: 12-2017 (print) / 12-2017 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Elita Jermolajeva
Latvia University of Agriculture

Baiba Rivža
Latvia University of Agriculture

Ludmila Ludmila
Daugavpils University

Viktorija Šipilova
Daugavpils University

Inta Ostrovska
Daugavpils University
Keywords: regional development, smart development and specialisation, Latgale rural municipalities of Latvia
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2017/10-4/16
Index PUBMS: fc71aec9-f90d-11e7-94c4-fa163e5d4f72
Language: English
Pages: 203-224 (22)
JEL classification: O18, R11

One of the basic principles of the European Union functioning is even and balanced regional development. However, considerable socioeconomic disparities can be still observed across the regions in Latvia, with its monocentric, i.e., capital city-oriented, distribution of people and economic activities instead of a polycentric one. This factor negatively affects the development of the country’s regions. According to the NUTS classification of the European Union, Latvia represents a NUTS 3 region, yet there are five planning regions and six statistical regions in country, and the overall situation along with internal processes in these regions are radically different. Within the framework of the Latvian National Programme EKOSOC-LV, the present paper focuses on smart growth as a tool for regional convergence to be applied in the context of regional development. A new Smart Development Index was created and the Analytic Hierarchy Process was employed to analyse one of the regions in Latvia – Latgale and its 19 municipalities focusing on the expansion of local entrepreneurial activity and the important role of innovative high-tech enterprises in it.


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