Call for Papers for a Special Issue: Data Science for Measuring Regional Competitiveness

In recent years the research field of statistical methods for measuring competitiveness has grown, exploiting the time-varying nature of available measures, like Composite Indexes (CIs) observed over time on a set of territorial units, and/or contiguity relations, of spatial type even if not exclusively, among territorial units. 

Due to the recent adverse events linked to the COVID-19 crisis, it has become even more important to construct scientifically robust measures for assessing and monitoring the capacity of a territory to recover and bounce back. 

This special issue aims at providing a comprehensive set of tools for academics, researchers and policy-makers on this field of applied research. It will consists of a collection of articles on cutting-edge research questions related to the measurement of competitiveness and its enlarged concept, including quality of life and well-being. The following topics will be covered:

  1. Statistical methods for measuring territorial competitiveness - either using aggregate indicators or dashboards - and for the economic and statistical assessment of competitiveness measures;
  2. Statistical methods for longitudinal and spatial analysis of competitiveness;
  3. Integration of the measure of competitiveness with measures of well-being and quality of life at territorial level;
  4. Integration of the measure of competitiveness with measures of digital development at territorial level;
  5. Enlarging and improving of the concept of territorial competiveness by testing the inclusion of public and private health-care infrastructure and social-care service performance indicators;
  6. Enlarging and improving of the concept of territorial competiveness by testing the inclusion of natural and architectural heritage of the territory with its impact on the touristic industry;
  7. Models for the impact of human capital on competitiveness;
  8. Competitiveness measures for policy steering and decision-making.

This list is not exhaustive but rather illustrates the type of research that fits well this Special Issue. 

All submitted manuscripts must fully adhere to the Social Indicators Research general author guidelines. Submitted manuscripts must not be already published or be under consideration by other journals. Please submit your paper electronically using Editorial Manager (authors have to specify in a note that they are submitting their paper specifically to the Social Indicators Research Special Issue).

Important dates:

• Submission of manuscripts: January 31, 2021 (earlier submissions are encouraged).

• Notification to authors after first reviewing: April 30, 2021 (tentative).

• Final papers for the Special Issue: June 2021 (tentative).

Guest editors:
Leonardo Salvatore Alaimo, Istat
Paola Annoni, European Commission Policy Development and Economic Analysis Unit
Pierpaolo D’Urso, Sapienza - Università di Roma
Livia De Giovanni, Università Luiss Guido Carli, Roma