Economic Impact Analysis of the ELI R&D Infrastructure and Science Park

Miklós Lukovics, Tamás Dusek


The implementation of the ELI-ALPS laser research centre in Szeged will create unique opportunities for both Szeged and Hungary from political, scientific and economic development aspects, however the countless generated effects will only obtain their real, and extremely significant potential if a science park emerges around the ELI-ALPS that specializes in the execution of knowledge-based activities. The desired ELI Science Park will be quite specific and unique compared to other territorial concentrations. Prospectively a wide range of research activities will be present in the park. Only a minor part of this will be in connection with laseroriented applications and hence will be closely connected with the ELI-ALPS, focusing on IT, medical imaging, biology and biotechnology (proteins, par- ticles, particle radiation, x-ray, examination of tumours, pharmaceuticals, materials science, and nanotechnology).

In our study we attempt to quantify the impact of the ELI-ALPS and the Science Park on the local economy based on a sophisticated international methodology. We quantify the so called direct, indirect, induced and catalytic effects separately. Regarding the general roles, we will quantify the measurable and well-predictable effects of income and workplace generation. The results will be compared to the income of the population of Szeged for the purpose of easy understanding. The discussion of this particular case also allows several reflections on the methodology of local economic impact studies.


Local economy; Economic impact; Local economic development; Science park

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