When seeking to bench mark the performance of European ecomies, commentators often look to compare them to the ecomies of Japan and the United States. How Europe's Ecomies Learn shows how this is seriously misleading, and how any such comparison needs to be complemented with an understanding of the fundamental differences between Europe's ecomies. The contributors provide an up-to-date description and analysis of the way differences in state systems and institutional contexts, such as labour markets, education and training systems, and financial systems, shape learning processes and invation performance across the member nations of the European Union. In doing so, it draws important conclusion for how policy strategies should be designed at the national and European levels in order to further promote the goals of the Lisbon process.
Edward Lorenz was awarded a BS in Economics from MIT in 1975, an MA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1977, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Cambridge in 1983. He is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis. He also holds the posts of Research Associate at the Centre d'Etudes de l'Emploi, France and Assigned Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark. His research interests include innovation systems, knowledge management, and organisational behaviour. Bengt-Ake Lundvall is Professor in Economics at the University of Aalborg.