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Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Human geography & demography
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Regional & inter-regional studies
Business & economic sciences : Quantitative methods in economics & management
The impact of territorial resources on the firm productivity: toward a firm-based or a regional-based development? The case of Wallonia
[en] L'impact des ressources territoriales sur la performance des entreprises : vers un développement pour les firmes ou pour les territoires ? Le cas de la Wallonie
Wilmotte, Pierre-François mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de géographie > Service de géographie économique (ECOGEO) >]
Dejardin, Marcus [Université de Namur - UNamur > Département des Sciences économiques > Centre de Recherches en Économie Régionale et Politique Économique (CERPE) > >]
Reginster, Isabelle [IWEPS > Direction Recherche et Évaluation > > >]
Van Caillie, Didier mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > HEC Liège : UER > Diagnostic et contrôle de l'entreprise >]
Halleux, Jean-Marie mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de géographie > Service de géographie économique (ECOGEO) >]
59th European Regional Science Association
August 27th - August 30th
Université de Lyon
[en] Wallonia ; Regional development ; Labour market
[fr] Wallonie ; Développement régional ; Marché du travail
[en] Accessibility ; firm resources
[fr] Accessibilité ; Ressources des entreprises
[en] The aim of our paper is to expose some territorial evidence from a model explaining the firm productivity in Wallonia, the Southern region of Belgium. This model is a part of our PhD-thesis project aiming to estimate the impact of territorial resources on the firm performance in Wallonia. Like many other European regions, Wallonia faces up to some challenges related to the regional development: firm location is largely structured by agglomeration economies, generating some economic disparities across the region, but public policies in the regional development field are more focused on infrastructure and inexpensive land supply for some decades (Gouvernement wallon, 2014; Vandermeer, 2016; Wilmotte & Halleux, 2018).
We have developed an econometric model in order to explain the productivity of Walloon SMEs by the intern features of the firm provided thanks to accounting data and by the access to territorial resources. By territorial resources, we mean the specific features of the territories that affect the ability of companies to develop their business. Our model illustrates the impact of several territorial resources with multi-scale effects: the key role of wages, the importance of location at European market scale, the effect of proximity to the first-rank cities (and not to the second-rank cities in the Walloon study case) and the lower impact of local infrastructures for the firm productivity. These results provide some contributions to the debate for regional development with the key role of agglomeration economies for the SMEs performance.
Lepur : Centre de Recherche sur la Ville, le Territoire et le Milieu rural ; Sphères - SPHERES
IWEPS - Institut Wallon de l'Evaluation, de la Prospective et de la Statistique
Ressources territoriales et performance des entreprises en Wallonie
Researchers ; Professionals
Presentation during the special session: "S18. Entrepreneurship and local development: symbiosis and/or dissonance?" Convenor(s): Marcus Dejardin, Nadine Levratto

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