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How and why does the efficiency of regional innovation systems differ?


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  • Fritsch, Michael


Literature suggests that location should matter for R&D activities. However, attempts to empirically detect differences in innovation activity between regions have so far been rather unsuccessful. Using a unique data set which contains comparable information about manufacturing enterprises in eleven European regions, a number of significant regional differences in the efficiency of innovation activities can be found. This variation is in correspondence with a center-periphery pattern indicating that agglomeration economies are conducive to R&D activities. The paper investigates whether the differences in efficiency of regional innovation systems can be explained by differences in R&D-cooperation behavior. -- In der Literatur finden sich vielfältige Hinweise darauf, dass von den Standort-bedingungen ein Einfluss auf Innovationsaktivitäten ausgeht. Allerdings haben entsprechenden empirische Untersuchungen bisher nur recht schwache Evidenz hierzu erbracht. Auf der Grundlage von Daten über Industriebetriebe in elf eu-ropäischen Regionen können eine ganze Reihe von signifikanten interregiona-len Unterschieden hinsichtlich der Effizienz von Innovationsaktivitäten identi-fiziert werden. Dass diese Unterschiede tendenziell einem Zentrum-Peripherie-Muster entsprechen deutet darauf hin, dass für FuE-Aktivitäten bestimmte Ag-glomerationsvorteile bestehen. In dem Aufsatz wird der Frage nachgegangen, inwieweit die feststellbaren Unterschiede der Effizienz regionaler Innovations-systeme mit entsprechenden Unterschieden im Kooperationsverhalten erklärt werden können.

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Paper provided by TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in its series Freiberg Working Papers with number 2002,05.

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Date of creation: 2002
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Keywords: Innovation; R&D productivity; R&D cooperation; regional innovation systems; knowledge production function; Innovation; FuE Produktivität; FuE Kooperation; Regionale Innovationssysteme; Wissensproduktionsfunktion;

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