Do clusters generate greater innovation and growth? An analysis of European regions
AbstractThe analysis of clusters has attracted considerable interest over the last few decades. The articulation of clusters into complex networks and systems of innovation – generally known as regional innovation systems – has, in particular, been associated with the delivery of greater innovation and growth. However, despite the growing economic and policy relevance of clusters, little systematic research has been conducted into their association with other factors promoting innovation and economic growth. This paper addresses this issue by looking at the relationship between innovation and economic growth in 152 regions of Europe during the period between 1995 and 2006. Using an econometric model with a static and a dynamic dimension, the results of the analysis highlight that: a) regional growth through innovation in Europe is fundamentally connected to the presence of an adequate socioeconomic environment and, in particular, to the existence of a well-trained and educated pool of workers; b) the presence of clusters matters for regional growth, but only in combination with a good ‘social filter’, and this association wanes in time; c) more traditional R&D variables have a weak initial connection to economic development, but this connection increases over time and, is, once again, contingent on the existence of adequate socioeconomic conditions.
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Date of creation: 12 Jul 2010
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Publication status: Published in Professional Geographer 64(2), April 2012: 211-231
clusters; regional innovation systems; innovation; regional economic growth; socioeconomic conditions; regions; European Union;
Other versions of this item:
- Andrés Rodríguez-Pose & Fabrice Comptour, 2011. "Do Clusters Generate Greater Innovation and Growth? An analysis of European Regions," Bruges European Economic Research Papers 21, European Economic Studies Department, College of Europe.
- O14 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
- O31 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
- O32 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
- O33 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
- O40 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
- O52 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe
- R - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2010-07-24 (All new papers)
- NEP-CSE-2010-07-24 (Economics of Strategic Management)
- NEP-EEC-2010-07-24 (European Economics)
- NEP-FDG-2010-07-24 (Financial Development & Growth)
- NEP-GEO-2010-07-24 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-INO-2010-07-24 (Innovation)
- NEP-KNM-2010-07-24 (Knowledge Management & Knowledge Economy)
- NEP-SBM-2010-07-24 (Small Business Management)
- NEP-URE-2010-07-24 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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