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Does Social Capital Reinforce Technological Inputs in the Creation of Knowledge? Evidence from the Spanish Regions

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  • Ernest Miguelez
  • Rosina Moreno
  • Manuel Artis

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Miguelez E., Moreno R. and Artis M. Does social capital reinforce technological inputs in the creation of knowledge? Evidence from the Spanish regions, Regional Studies. This paper seeks to verify the hypothesis that trust and cooperation between individuals, and between them and public institutions, can encourage technological innovation and the adoption of knowledge. Additionally, the paper tests the extent to which the interaction of social capital with human capital and research and development expenditures improve their effect on a region's ability to innovate. The empirical evidence is taken from the Spanish regions and employs a knowledge production function and longitudinal count data models. The results suggest that social capital correlates positively with innovation. Further, the analysis reveals a powerful interaction between human and social capital in the production of knowledge, whilst the complementarity with research and development efforts would seem less clear. [image omitted] Miguelez E., Moreno R. et Artis M. Le capital social, est-ce qu'il renforce les facteurs de production necessaires a la creation de la connaissance? Des preuves provenant de l'Espagne, Regional Studies. Cet article cherche a verifier l'hypothese suivant: la confiance et la cooperation des individus, et entre les individus et les institutions a caractere publique, peuvent encourager l'innovation technologique et l'adoption de la connaissance. Qui plus est, l'article cherche a tester jusqu'a quel point l'interaction entre les depenses pour le capital social et pour le capital humain et pour la recherche et developpement ameliorent leur impact sur la propension a innover d'une region. Les preuves empiriques proviennent des regions d'Espagne et emploient une fonction de production de la connaissance et des modeles de donnees chiffrees longitudinales. Les resultats laissent supposer une correlation etroite entre le capital social et l'innovation. En outre, l'analyse laisse voir une forte interaction entre le capital humain et le capital social dans la production de la connaissance, tandis qu'une correlation etroite avec la recherche et developpement s'avere moins evidente. Capital social Capital humain Innovation Correlations etroites Miguelez E., Moreno R. und Artis M. Verstarkt sich durch Sozialkapital der technologische Input bei der Erzeugung von Wissen? Belege aus den spanischen Regionen, Regional Studies. In diesem Beitrag versuchen wir die Hypothese zu verifizieren, dass Vertrauen und Zusammenarbeit zwischen Einzelpersonen sowie zwischen ihnen und offentlichen Institutionen technologische Innovation und die Ubernahme von Wissen fordern konnen. Zusatzlich wird in dem Beitrag uberpruft, inwieweit die Wechselwirkungen zwischen Sozialkapital und Humankapital sowie den Ausgaben fur Forschung und Entwicklung deren Auswirkung auf die Innovationsfahigkeit einer Region verbessern. Hierfur arbeiten wir mit empirischen Belegen aus den spanischen Regionen und unter Einsatz einer Wissensproduktionsfunktion sowie longitudinaler Zahldatenmodelle. Aus den Ergebnissen geht hervor, dass das Sozialkapital positiv mit der Innovation korreliert. Daruber hinaus zeigt sich bei der Analyse eine starke Wechselwirkung zwischen Human- und Sozialkapital bei der Erzeugung von Wissen, wahrend die Komplementaritat mit den Aufwendungen fur Forschung und Entwicklung weniger deutlich erscheint. Sozialkapital Humankapital Innovation Komplementaritaten Miguelez E., Moreno R. y Artis M. �Refuerza el capital social los insumos tecnologicas en la creacion de conocimiento? Evidencia de las regiones espanolas, Regional Studies. En este ensayo pretendemos verificar la hipotesis de que la confianza y la cooperacion entre personas y entre ellas y las instituciones publicas pueden fomentar la innovacion tecnologica y la adquisicion de conocimientos. Asimismo en este articulo comprobamos en que medida la interaccion del capital social con el capital humano y los gastos en investigacion y desarrollo mejora su efecto en la capacidad para innovar de la region. La evidencia empirica se obtiene de regiones espanolas y emplea una funcion de produccion de conocimiento y de modelos de recuento con datos de panel. Los resultados indican que el capital social tiene un efecto positivo y significativo con la innovacion. Ademas, el analisis indica una poderosa interaccion entre el capital humano y el capital social en lo que atane a la produccion de conocimiento, mientras que la complementariedad con los esfuerzos en investigacion y desarrollo parece menos clara. Capital social Capital humano Innovacion Complementariedades

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Regional Studies.

Volume (Year): 45 (2011)
Issue (Month): 8 ()
Pages: 1019-1038

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Keywords: Social capital; Human capital; Innovation; Complementarities;

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  1. Jesús Peiró-Palomino & Anabel Forte Deltell, 2013. "Does social capital matter for European regional growth?," Working Papers 2013/02, Economics Department, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón (Spain).
  2. Peiró-Palomino, Jesús & Tortosa-Ausina, Emili, 2013. "Can trust effects on development be generalized? A response by quantile," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 377-390.
  3. Kümpel, Arndt, 2011. "Sustainable regional development, innovation and state capacity," MPRA Paper 33966, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 08 Oct 2011.
  4. d'Agostino, Giorgio & Scarlato, Margherita, 2012. "Inclusive Institutions, Innovation and Economic Growth: Estimates for European Countries," MPRA Paper 43098, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Semih Akçomak & Hanna Müller-Zick, 2013. "Trust and Innovation in Europe: Causal, spatial and non-linear forces," STPS Working Papers 1304, STPS - Science and Technology Policy Studies Center, Middle East Technical University, revised Dec 2013.
  6. Kümpel, Arndt, 2011. "Устойчивое региональное развитие, инновации и государствeнный потенциал
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    ," MPRA Paper 33967, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 08 Oct 2011.

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