Empirical results on the link between growth and diversity in (un-)related industries proved to be highly dependent on the
specific regional and temporal context. Making use of highly disaggregated employment data at the sub-regional level, we find
that higher employment growth in Austria is mainly linked to unrelated variety. However, in-depth analyses by sectors and
regional regimes illustrate substantial heterogeneity in the results, mainly driven by the service sector and by a large number
of relatively small regions. Thus, our results argue against structural policy conclusions based on assessments across all
economic sectors or different types of regions.
Forschungsbereich:Strukturwandel und Regionalentwicklung