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Path Dependence and Its Use in Regional Studies (a Case Study of Kaliningrad oblast)

A. L. Kuznetsova () and Yu. M. Zverev ()

Regional Research of Russia, 2020, vol. 10, issue 2, 194-201

Abstract: Abstract One of the main problems studied by economic geography is the reasons for the spatial heterogeneity of economic processes. For studies of this kind, it is extremely important that the researcher use the idea of an economic process as the nature of its dynamics and the factors affecting its development. This work is devoted to the concept of “path dependence,” which means dependence on previous development. This concept is clearly interdisciplinary in nature and is already used in economic and geographical research. This study refines the economic and geographical content of path dependence and shows the manifestation of this effect in the socioeconomic and spatial development of a specific region (e.g., Kaliningrad oblast). The paper overviews the current state of knowledge of path dependence, including the main areas of research. Based on a case study of the development of Kaliningrad oblast from 1945 to the present, both the mechanism of action of path dependence and mechanisms of changing the path are demonstrated, as well as the effect of the factors of path dependence and their influence on the economic development of the region. The features of Kaliningrad oblast’s modern development from the aspect of overcoming the existing development trajectory are characterized individually.

Keywords: Path dependence; evolutionary economics; evolutionary economic geography; region; Kaliningrad oblast (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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