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Spécial issue on the economics of knowledge spillovers: introduction and overview


  • Michele Cincera


This paper summarises the contents of the special issue of the Brussels Economic Review on the economics of knowledge spillovers. The studies of this special issue lead to the following main findings. Knowledge spillovers arise through different channels and they are largely shaped by the structure of economic activities in a given region. Universities appear to be a main actor of science and technology generation and transfer. However, this source of scientific information does not appear to play an important role for the firms innovative activities. Furthermore, while universities are an important actor of firms innovative collaborative agreements, the fruits of these partnerships do not have a significant impact on firms' economic performance.

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  • Michele Cincera, 2003. "Spécial issue on the economics of knowledge spillovers: introduction and overview," Brussels Economic Review, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles, vol. 46(3), pages 5-10.
  • Handle: RePEc:bxr:bxrceb:y:2003:v:46:i:3:p:5-9

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    Knowledge spillovers; Innovation; Industry-University S&T transfer and colaborations; Firm's économie performance;

    JEL classification:

    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D


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