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Barriers to knowledge spillovers and regional convergence in an evolutionary model

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  • Bart Verspagen

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    (Eindhoven Centre for Innovation Studies , Eindhoven University of Technology ,Faculty of Technology Management, Dommelgebouw, P.O. Box 513,5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands)

  • Marjolein C.J. Cani, ls

    ()
    (Open University of The Netherlands, Department of Economics,Business and Public Administration , Valkenburgerweg 177, P.O. Box 2960,6401 DL, Heerlen, The Netherlands)

Abstract

This paper will present a multi-region/multi-country model in which inter-regional knowledge spillovers determine the growth of regions. Key parameters in the model are the learning capability of a region and the rate of knowledge generation (R&D). The intensity of spillovers depends on geographical distance between regions. The model is investigated by means of simulation techniques. What results is a core-periphery situation, the exact form of which depends on the assumed spatial structure. The impact of economic integration is investigated by introducing barriers-to-knowledge-spillovers in the model in the form of borders between countries. Contrary to the popular belief and some economic theories, we find that removing such spillover barriers may result in larger disparity of income levels between regions.

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Volume (Year): 11 (2001)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 307-329

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Keywords: Knowledge spillovers - Regional growth - Evolutionary economic models;

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  15. Klaus Wersching, 2007. "Agglomeration in an innovative and differentiated industry with heterogeneous knowledge spillovers," Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination, Springer, vol. 2(1), pages 1-25, June.

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