Integrated Regional Endogenous Development Framework in Iran

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional planning, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning,Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

2 PhD Candidate in Urban and Regional Planning, Department of Urban and Regional planning, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran


Researches in exploring of driving forces of regional endogenous development, concentrate on subjects which have been so controversial. Regional endogenous development (RED), together with other core regional development concepts, is usually focused on the sub-national regional development process of the home country. This paper attempts to conceptualize and examine regional endogenous development model for Iran’s regions. The work presented here contributes to the design of a regional endogenous model which is tested in Iran by assessing the domestic forces and drivers of development based in 30 Iranian regions. The paper introduces a conceptual model for the study and then develops and tests the model with data for the primary regions of Iran. Large and positive correlation is found between measures of latent and explanatory independent and dependent variables in the regional endogenous model. Specifically it is found that such endogenous factors as institution, human capital, entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation and resource endowment are critical driving force for achieving increased regional productivity and thus tailoring of polices to support regional endogenous development and growth.
JEL: E02, J68, O18


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Volume 51, Issue 1
March 2016
Pages 137-174
  • Receive Date: 19 June 2015
  • Revise Date: 02 December 2015
  • Accept Date: 14 February 2016
  • First Publish Date: 20 March 2016