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Externalities and the UK Regional Divide in Innovative Behaviour

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  • Suma Athreye

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  • David Keeble

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This empirical paper investigates the impact of different sources of increasing returns on firm innovative behaviour in two regions of the UK in the period of the 1990s when the new economy is believed to have emerged. We pay particular attention to the impact of the intermediation in the form of the emergence of a market for specialised business services as a possible externality that influences regional innovation. Other influences on regional innovation such as knowledge spillovers due to public R&D in UK counties and dynamic economics to scale due to learning weithin a firm are also considered.

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Paper provided by The Open University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics in its series Open Discussion Papers in Economics with number 35.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2001
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Handle: RePEc:opn:wpaper:35

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Keywords: Increasing returns and innovation; specialised markets; public R&D; innovation by firms; regional innovation; regional development;

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