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Regional Specialization and Universities: The New Verus the Old

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  • Braunerhjelm, Pontus

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

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This paper analyzes the impact universities have on regional development and as to whether a difference can be detected between the influence of the old and new universities. To achieve this end a unique dataset on the researchers’ view regarding the universities role in commer-cialization, distinguishing between new universities (established around 1970) and old univer-sities (established in the 15th and 17th century), is initially utilized. In the subsequent stage spatially disaggregated data is implemented in a two-step Heckman regression analysis to ex-amine whether a relationship exists between the universities research specialization and re-gional production specialization 1975 to 1999. The results reveal that there are considerable differences across universities, albeit primarily unrelated to the age of the universities. Fi-nally, the impact of universities on regional productivity in knowledge-based industries is ex-amined.

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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 55.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: 28 Mar 2006
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:cesisp:0055

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Keywords: Universities; norms; regional development; policies.;

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