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Knowledge Accessibility and Regional Economic Growth

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  • Andersson, Martin

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    (CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology)

  • Karlsson, Charlie

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    (CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology)

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In this paper, we analyze the relationship between knowledge accessibility and regional economic growth in Sweden. The research question we ask in this paper is the following: can the variation between regions in knowledge accessibility in a given period explain the variation in the growth performance of Swedish regions in the following period? A main assumption in the paper is that the potential for human interaction a various spatial scales transforms into potential knowledge flows. Based upon an endogenous growth framework we show how the potential for knowledge flows at different spatial scales can be modelled using an accessibility approach. An advantage of modelling the interaction potentials at different spatial scales is that we in principle takes care of the spatial auto-correlation in the modelling, and that we then can estimate our models using ordinary OLS. Our results indicate that the intra-municipal and intra-regional knowledge accessibilities are both significant and capable of explaining a significant share of the variation in growth of value added per employee between Swedish municipalities. However, inter-regional knowledge accessibility turned out to be insignificant, indicating that knowledge flows are bounded in space.

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Paper provided by Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation with number 40.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 18 Oct 2005
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Publication status: Published in Industry and Innovation, 2007, pages 129-149.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:cesisp:0040

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Keywords: knowledge; endogenous growth; region; accessibility; Sweden;

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  1. Giovanni Russo & Peter Nijkamp & Aura Reggiani & Federico Tedeschi, 2011. "Commuters' effect on local labour markets: A german case study," ERSA conference papers ersa10p1376, European Regional Science Association.
  2. Giovanni Russo & Federico Tedeschi & Aura Reggiani & Peter Nijkamp, 2011. "Commuter Effects on Local Labour Markets: A German Modelling Study," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 11-114/3, Tinbergen Institute.
  3. Aura Reggiani & Pietro Bucci & Giovanni Russo & Anette Haas & Peter Nijkamp, 2011. "Regional Labour Markets and Job Accessibility in City Network Systems in Germany," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 11-104/3, Tinbergen Institute.
  4. Johansson, Börje & Forslund, Ulla, 2006. "The Analysis Of Location, Co-Location And Urbanisation Economies," Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation 67, Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies.
  5. Giovanni Russo & Federico Tedeschi & Aura Reggiani & Peter Nijkamp, 2014. "Commuter Effects on Local Labour Markets: A German Modelling Study," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 51(3), pages 493-508, February.

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