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The Dependence of Innovativeness on the Local Firm Population—An Empirical Study of German Patents

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  • Thomas Brenner
  • Siegfried Greif

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Local clusters and the co-location of firms are repeatedly related to a high level of innovativeness in the literature. The underlying argument is that firms that are co-located with other firms of the same industry undertake more innovation than “lonely” firms because of spillovers, local labour markets and cooperations. These arguments are tested here for four industries in Germany. To this end, four different hypotheses about the impact of co-location on the innovativeness of firms are formulated and empirically compared. The results show that the innovativeness of firms indeed depends on the existence of other firms in the same region. However, the relationship between co-location and innovation output depends on the industry studied.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Industry and Innovation.

Volume (Year): 13 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 21-39

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Handle: RePEc:taf:indinn:v:13:y:2006:i:1:p:21-39

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Keywords: Innovations; spillovers; patents; economies of location;

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  1. Tom Broekel & Thomas Brenner, 2011. "Regional factors and innovativeness: an empirical analysis of four German industries," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, vol. 47(1), pages 169-194, August.
  2. Tom Broekel & Thomas Brenner, 2005. "Local Factors and Innovativeness – An Empirical Analysis of German Patents for Five Industries," Papers on Economics and Evolution 2005-09, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Evolutionary Economics Group.
  3. Tom Broekel & Thomas Brenner, 2007. "Measuring Regional Innovativeness - A Methodological Discussion and an Application to One German Industry," Jena Economic Research Papers 2007-065, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics.
  4. Degner, Harald, 2010. "Windows of technological opportunity: do technological booms influence the relationship between firm size and innovativeness?," FZID Discussion Papers 15-2010, University of Hohenheim, Center for Research on Innovation and Services (FZID).

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