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R&D, spillovers, innovation systems and the genesis of regional growth in Europe

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Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés; Crescenzi, Riccardo

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Abstract Research on the impact of innovation on regional economic performance in Europe has fundamentally followed three approaches: the 'linear model' of innovation; regional innovation systems; and knowledge spillovers. Important operational and methodological barriers have however thwarted any potential cross-fertilization. In this paper we try to fill this gap by combining R&D, spillovers and innovation systems in one model for regions of the EU-25. The empirical results highlight how the interaction between local and external research with local and external socio-economic and institutional conditions determines the potential of every region in order to maximise its innovation capacity. They also indicate the importance of proximity for the transmission of economically productive knowledge, as spillovers show strong distance decay effects.
Keywords innovation
Classification Political Economy; Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Free Keywords Economic growth; R&D; Knowledge; Spillovers; Innovation systems; Regions; European Union
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 51-67
Journal Regional Studies, 42 (2008) 1
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)