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Determinants of foreign technological activity in German regions - a count model analysis of transnational patents (1996-2009)

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  • Eva Dettmann

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    (Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH), Department of Structural Change, Kleine Markerstrasse 8, 06108, Halle (Saale), Germany)

  • Iciar Dominguez Lacasa

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    (Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH), Department of Structural Change, Kleine Markerstrasse 8, 06108, Halle (Saale), Germany)

  • Jutta Guenther

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    (Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH), Department of Structural Change, Kleine Markerstrasse 8, 06108, Halle (Saale), Germany and Friedrich Schiller University Jena Faculty of Economics, Carl-Zeiss-Str. 3, 07743 Jena, Germany)

  • Bjorn Jindra

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    (Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH), Department of Structural Change, Kleine Markerstrasse 8, 06108, Halle (Saale), Germany and Copenhagen Business School, Department of International Economics and Management, Solbjerg Plads 3, DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark and University of Sussex, Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU) Famer, Brighton, BN1 9SL, United Kingdompostion)

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This paper analyses the determinants of spatial distribution of foreign technological activity across 96 German regions (1996-2009). We identify foreign inventive activity by applying the ‘cross-border-ownership concept’ to transnational patent applications. The descriptive analysis shows that foreign technological activity more than doubled during the observation period with persistent spatial heterogeneity in Germany. Using a pooled count data model, we estimate the effect of various sources for externalities on the extent of foreign technological activity across regions. Our results show that foreign technological activity is attracted by technologically specialised sectors of regions. In contrast to existing findings this effect applies both to foreign as well as domestic sources of specialisation. We show that the relation between specialization and foreign technological activity is non-linear and that it is influenced by sectoral heterogeneity. Externalities related to technological diversification attract foreign R&D only into ‘higher order’ regions.

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Paper provided by National Research University Higher School of Economics in its series HSE Working papers with number WP BRP 17/STI/2013.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 2013
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Publication status: Published in WP BRP Series: Science, Technology and Innovation / STI, September 2013, pages 1-33
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