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Spatial distribution of R&D expenditure and patent applications across EU regions and its impact on economic cohesion

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  • Martín, Carmela
  • Mulas-Granados, Carlos

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    (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

  • Sanz, Ismael

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This article explores the spatial distribution of regional technology indicators in the EU over the last decade and its impact on cohesion. Thus, we find that public R&D spending and patent applications have converged among regions during the nineties. On the other hand, private R&D activities have diverged, as a result of an asymmetric expansion during the second half of the nineties. We show that when the dispersion of public R&D across regions diminished in the second half of the nineties, income disparities at regional level also decreased. Therefore, while technology policy based on efficiency criteria should remain as a policy tool for economic growth, this policy should be counterbalanced by R&D funds to the least developed regions to maintain economic cohesion.

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Article provided by Asociación Española de Ciencia Regional in its journal Investigaciones Regionales.

Volume (Year): (2005)
Issue (Month): 6 ()
Pages: 41-61

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Handle: RePEc:ris:invreg:0171

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Keywords: Spatial Distribution; EU Technology Policy; economic cohesion; Convergence; Technology Indicators;

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  1. Mulas-Granados, Carlos & Sanz, Ismael, 2008. "The dispersion of technology and income in Europe: Evolution and mutual relationship across regions," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(5), pages 836-848, June.
  2. Singh, Lakhwinder, 2006. "Innovations, High-Tech Trade and Industrial Development: Theory, Evidence and Policy," Working Paper Series RP2006/27, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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