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The impact of higher education institution-firm knowledge links on establishment-level productivity in British regions

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  • Richard Harris

    ()
    (Department of Economics, University of Glasgow)

  • Qian Cher Li

    ()
    (Imperial College, London)

  • John Moffat

    ()
    (University of Strathclyde)

Abstract

This paper estimates whether sourcing knowledge from and/or cooperating on innovation with higher education institutions impacts on establishment-level TFP and whether this impact differs across domestically-owned and foreign-owned establishments and across the regions of Great Britain. Using propensity score matching, the results show overall a positive and statistically significant impact although there are differences in the strength of this impact across production and non-production industries, across domestically-owned and foreign-owned firms, and across regions. These results highlight the importance of absorptive capacity in determining the extent to which establishments can benefit from linkages with higher education institutions.

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Paper provided by University of Strathclyde Business School, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1018.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2010
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Handle: RePEc:str:wpaper:1018

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Keywords: Universities; University-Industry knowledge links; Firm-level productivity;

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