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Lina Maddah Souheil

PhD Programme

Economics and Business 

Research group

QURE – Quantitative Urban and Regional Economics

Supervisors

Josep Maria Arauzo & Maria Llop 

Bio

Lina MAddah holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the American University of Science & Technology (Lebanon) and a Master's Degree in Economics from Beirut Arab University (Lebanon). She is at the Department of Economics at Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV). Her work deals with the dynamics of Cultural and Creative Industries, their economic contribution in Catalonia, in addition to their spatial distribution and clustering patterns. Throughout her first and second years in the PhD program, she has participated in several national and international economic platforms which deal with smart specialization, economic geography, urban economics and regional sciences.

Project: Cultural and Creative Industries as Drivers of Economic Growth in Catalonia

Do Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) fulfill their role as engines for economic growth? This topic has taken considerable attention among economists and policy makers in the last two decades, as governments started to look for "hard" evidence that explains the dynamics of those industries and their ability to impact economic activity. In preceding literature, there exists a general argument that, by and large, CCIs are vital in encouraging economic growth in urban cities and regions. This is a very relevant issue in view of empirical evidence suggesting potentialities of these industries in developed economies. The Catalan case is of utmost interest in view that CCIs are of noticeable importance and, consequently, they are potentially capable to help local economies. Concretely, this paper focuses on trends of CCIs in Catalonia at local level in order to identify their effect over employment growth/generation between 2001 and 2011. Using data from Catalan Statistical Institute (IDESCAT) and Spanish Statistical Institute (INE), we carry econometric and spatial analyses in order to explore the impact on employment along with the respective spatial dynamics. We also explore whether CCIs can be substantial drivers of economic growth for smaller areas not previously specialized in them or if, by the contrary, they need to agglomerate in large urban areas. As we are interested in such approach, we will focus on what is happening and what is being done in small and medium peripheral Catalan cities as well as in the capital, Barcelona, trying to identify and quantify how selected cultural activities / infrastructures located there are contributing to economic growth of their respective areas. Hence, this study contributes to the literature of empirical evidence on economic contribution of CCIs, the dynamics of employment in creative economies and the generated spillovers on regional and local levels.