This paper discusses the issues of regional development and urban agglomeration, primarily with reference to experience in Ireland but also in comparison with developments in other small advanced economies. In the first section, the paper discusses the well-established economics of urban agglomeration. The paper then outlines the economic geography of Ireland’s cities and population distribution and compares Ireland to other countries. Following this the paper goes through the evolution of Irish government regional policy since the 1960s before finally elaborating on Ireland’s current policy approach, the work that the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation does to support Irish regional development and policy innovations in other countries.
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