Socio-economic Impact of the Polytechnic of Guarda in the Local Economy
PECVNIA, Revista de la Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales Vol. 18, Nº 18, pp. 151 - 177, June, 2014.
ISSN (print): 2340-4272
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Digital Object Identifier: 10.18002/pec.v0i18.1647
Higher education institutions and in particular the polytechnic institutes influence and benefit the regions where they are implementation, and sometimes they are vital to their development (Arik and Nsiah, 2004; Pereira and Schneider, 2002; Johnson, Khaneja e Keagy, 2005). Most of these institutes are created in disadvantaged territories, characterized by fragility of the economic and social environment, and become fundamental to the sustainability of these territories, and to maintain its economic revitalization. These institutions play a central role in regional development and in the reduction of regional disparities, mainly due to additional job creation and the increase of income provided to regions where they are installed. Thus, the aim of this study is to estimate the socio economic impact of the Polytechnic of Guarda in the municipalities of Guarda and Seia. The analysis focuses on the demand side, using for this purpose the American Council on Education model.