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A Behavioural Theory of Economic Development: The Uneven Evolution of Cities and Regions

Robert Huggins and Piers Thompson


This book is motivated by a belief that theories of economic development can move beyond the generally known factors and mechanisms of such development. It establishes a behavioural theory of economic development illustrating that differences in human behaviour across cities and regions are a significant deep-rooted cause of uneven development. Fusing a range of concepts relating to culture, psychology, human agency, institutions, and power, it proposes that the uneven economic development and evolution of cities and regions within and across nations are strongly connected with the underlying ... More

Keywords: economic development, human behaviour, culture, personality psychology, human agency, institutions, power, innovation, entrepreneurship, networks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198832348
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198832348.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Huggins, author
Chair of Economic Geography and Director of Research, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University

Piers Thompson, author
Professor of Economics, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University