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R&D Investments and the Spatial Dimension: Evidence from Firm Level Data

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  • Bertinelli, Luisito

    (CREA, U Luxembourg)

  • Nicolini, Rosella

    (Instituto de Analisis Economico-CSIC, U Autonoma de Barcelona)

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This paper proposes to investigate the effect of spillovers on firms' R&D investment decisions. We develop an analysis merging the geographer's toolbox with standard econometric techniques. For a chosen sample of sectors, we test the existence of positive spatial autocorrelation at the level of R&D investments. We provide results on how far the local environment may influence the firms' investment decisions, hence to what extent localization economies matter for agglomeration. Data confirm that the proximity to other firms investing in R&D may produce positive externalities. Finally, the diversity versus specialization debate is tackled.

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Article provided by Southern Regional Science Association in its journal Review of Regional Studies.

Volume (Year): 35 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 206-30

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Handle: RePEc:rre:publsh:v:35:y:2005:i:2:p:206-30

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Keywords: Firm Level; Firm; Investment; R&D; Spatial;

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Cited by:
  1. Alessandra Cassar & Rosella Nicolini, 2008. "Spillovers and growth in a local interaction model," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, vol. 42(2), pages 291-306, June.
  2. Reinhold Kosfeld, 2012. "Identifying Clusters within R&D Intensive Industries Using Local Spatial Methods," ERSA conference papers ersa12p232, European Regional Science Association.

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