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Does social capital reinforce technological inputs in the creation of knowledge? Evidence from the Spanish regions

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  • Ernest Miguélez

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    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

  • Rosina Moreno

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    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

  • Manuel Artís

    ()
    (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

Abstract

In this paper we seek to verify the hypothesis that trust and cooperation between individuals, and between them and public institutions, can encourage technological innovation and the adoption of knowledge. Additionally, we test the extent to which the interaction of social capital with human capital and R&D expenditures improve their effect on a region’s ability to innovate. Our empirical evidence is taken from the Spanish regions and employs a knowledge production function and longitudinal count data models. Our results suggest that social capital correlates positively with innovation. Further, our analysis reveals a powerful interaction between human and social capital in the production of knowledge, whilst the complementarity with R&D efforts would seem less clear.

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Paper provided by University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics in its series IREA Working Papers with number 200813.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2008
Date of revision: Oct 2008
Handle: RePEc:ira:wpaper:200813

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Keywords: social capital; human capital; innovation; complementarities.;

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  1. Jesús Peiró-Palomino & Anabel Forte Deltell, 2013. "Does social capital matter for European regional growth?," Working Papers 2013/02, Economics Department, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón (Spain).
  2. d'Agostino, Giorgio & Scarlato, Margherita, 2012. "Inclusive Institutions, Innovation and Economic Growth: Estimates for European Countries," MPRA Paper 43098, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Kümpel, Arndt, 2011. "Устойчивое региональное развитие, инновации и государствeнный потенциал
    [Sustainable regional development, innovation and state capaci
    ," MPRA Paper 33967, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 08 Oct 2011.
  4. Kümpel, Arndt, 2011. "Sustainable regional development, innovation and state capacity," MPRA Paper 33966, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 08 Oct 2011.
  5. Peiró Palomino Jesús & Tortosa-Ausina Emili, 2013. "Can Trust Effects on Development be Generalized? A Response by Quantile," Working Papers 2013128, Fundacion BBVA / BBVA Foundation.
  6. Semih Akçomak & Hanna Müller-Zick, 2013. "Trust and Innovation in Europe: Causal, spatial and non-linear forces," STPS Working Papers 1304, STPS - Science and Technology Policy Studies Center, Middle East Technical University, revised Dec 2013.

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