Measuring Regional Economic Resilience across Europe: Operationalising a complex concept

Marianne Sensier, Gillian Bristow, Adrian Healy

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This paper describes an approach developed to measure regional economic resilience across Europe which is novel in three key dimensions. Firstly, it seeks to date regional downturns as opposed to assuming that all regional economies are affected by economic shocks at the same point in time; secondly, it measures the amplitude and duration of economic downturns and subsequent recoveries; and thirdly, as well as measuring recovery, it measures the resistance of regional economies to economic shocks. The paper applies this methodology to selected European countries to provide an analysis of differential regional responses to several economic shocks since the early 1990s. The paper then reflects upon the utility of this methodology for operationalizing regional economic resilience in cross-comparative studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-151
Number of pages24
JournalSpatial Economic Analysis
Early online date21 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2016


  • Resilience; European regions; economic shocks; recovery


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