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Do Regions with Entrepreneurial Neighbors Perform Better?: A Spatial Econometric Approach for German Regions

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  • Katharina Pijnenburg
  • Konstantin A. Kholodilin

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We use a neoclassical production function to analyze the effects of knowledge spillovers via entrepreneurship on economic performance of 337 German districts. To take the spatial dependence structure of the data into account, we estimate a spatial Durbin model. We highlight the importance of the choice of the appropriate weight matrix. We find positive knowledge spillover effects via entrepreneurship within a certain region. Between regions, entrepreneurship as a vehicle by which knowledge spills over and contributes to economic performance depends largely on the choice of the weight matrix. We see this as evidence for regionally bounded knowledge spillover effects via entrepreneurship.

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Paper provided by DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research in its series Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin with number 1103.

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Length: 23 p.
Date of creation: 2011
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Keywords: Entrepreneurship capital; regional output; spatial weight matrix;

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  1. Burridge, Peter, 2011. "A research agenda on general-to-specific spatial model search," Investigaciones Regionales, Asociación Española de Ciencia Regional, issue 21, pages 71-90.

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