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Do universities affect firms’ location decisions? Evidence from Spain

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  • Néstor Duch-Brown

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    (University of Barcelona & IEB)

  • Javier García-Estévez

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    (University of Barcelona & IEB)

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Human capital, scientific research, and technology are the three chief mechanisms promoting knowledge spillovers from universities to firms. Based on a study of the impact of Spain’s 1983 University Reform Act (LRU), which opened the door to the foundation of new universities and faculties, this paper examines whether university (or faculty) location affects the creation of new firms within a given province. We conclude that the foundation of science and social science faculties has had a marked impact on the creation of firms.

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Paper provided by Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB) in its series Working Papers with number 2011/7.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ieb:wpaper:2011/4/doc2011-7

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Keywords: universities; firm location; spillovers; poisson regression;

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