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Do we really need regional innovation agencies? Some insights from the experience of an Italian region

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  • Annamaria Fiore

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    (University of Bari)

  • Maria Jennifer Grisorio

    (Agenzia Regionale per la Tecnologia e l’Innovazione - ARTI)

  • Francesco Prota

    ()
    (University of Bari)

Abstract

Increasing globalization, if properly exploited, can provide interesting opportunities for regional economies. Nevertheless, when they are not managed with a far-sighted approach, regions, and particularly those at an intermediate level of development, can lose their comparative advantages compared to regions of developing countries. Innovation is the main instrument for improving and ensuring competitiveness to enterprises and growth opportunities to local economies. The aim of this paper is to discuss the importance of public policies in reinforcing regional innovation systems, and the role of regional innovation agencies. With this in mind, we describe the policies implemented by the Regional Agency for Technology and Innovation (ARTI) of Apulia, a region in Southern Italy. We also provide the first assessment of ARTI’s activities and provide some suggestions on how to improve regional R&D policies.

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Paper provided by Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Metodi Matematici - Università di Bari in its series series with number 0025.

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Date of creation: Nov 2009
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