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Is Regional Innovative Activity Path-dependent? An Empirical Analysis for Germany

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  • Eckhardt Bode

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Based on a standard idea-based model of endogenous growth we test the hypothesis that regional innovative activity is path-dependent, and investigate the geographical scope of knowledge spillovers. Using data for West-German regions, two alternative indicators of the stock of knowledge are specified. One is based on patent applications, the other on numbers of researchers. With patents as indicator the path-dependence hypothesis is rejected, and knowledge spillovers from neighboring regions appear to be irrelevant. With numbers of researchers as indicator, by contrast, there is evidence for both path-dependence, and the relevance of interregional knowledge spillovers. Several extensions and refinements are discussed which may help resolving these apparent contradictions.

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1058.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2001
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Handle: RePEc:kie:kieliw:1058

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Keywords: regional innovation; knowledge spillovers; path-dependence; endogenous growth; spatial econometrics; Germany;

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  1. Bode, Eckhardt & Bickenbach, Frank, 2002. "Markov or not Markov - this should be a question," ERSA conference papers ersa02p024, European Regional Science Association.
  2. Maria Abreu & Henri L.F. de Groot & Raymond J.G.M. Florax, 2004. "Space and Growth," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 04-129/3, Tinbergen Institute.
  3. Maria ABREU & Henri L.F. DE GROOT & Raymond J.G.M. FLORAX, 2005. "Space And Growth: A Survey Of Empirical Evidence And Methods," Region et Developpement, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, Region et Developpement, LEAD, Universite du Sud - Toulon Var, vol. 21, pages 13-44.
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  5. Frank Bickenbach & Eckhardt Bode, 2001. "Markov or Not Markov � This Should Be a Question," Kiel Working Papers 1086, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

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