Knowledge economy:
Is the knowledge economy mainly a northern European ‘thing’? Certainly a new map on the front page of www.localfutures.com clearly shows a huge polarily between the lands north of Paris and almost everything below that line. The UK looks like a clear leader in Europe. But within England’s knowledge economy / graduate-retention situation, Local Futures’ reports show that London’s dominance over the regions is growing. And local divides within each region are becoming just as extreme, despite historically low unemployment. The report’s authors have some fairly discouraging things to say about Birmingham’s knowledge-industry future, too, which echo my comments of last May.