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Are Knowledge Intensive Business Services always so Efficient as they Are Said to? An Empirical Approach of KIBS in a Peripheral Region


  • Rubiera,F
  • Quindos, M.P.
  • Vicente, M.R.


The aim of this paper is to analyse the efficiency in knowledge intensive business services, also known by their acronym KIBS. The firms belonging to this sector are said to have high efficiency degrees due to their specialisation. Nevertheless, some authors claim that high efficiency scores only work for those firms located in central nodes of development. Within this context we analyse KIBS efficiency in a Spanish peripheral region. Results show important differences in efficiency levels between KIBS firms as well as a low average for the whole of these activities. These findings may imply differential externalisation gains for subcontracting firms, reinforcing, at the same time, the idea of the effect of spatial concentration over KIBS efficiency.

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  • Rubiera,F & Quindos, M.P. & Vicente, M.R., 2005. "Are Knowledge Intensive Business Services always so Efficient as they Are Said to? An Empirical Approach of KIBS in a Peripheral Region," Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 5(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:eaa:eerese:v:5:y2005:i:5_10

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    1. Rubiera Morollón, Fernando & Gómez Loscos, Ana & Pardos, Eva, 2010. "The effects of KIBS outsourcing on Aragon firms’ efficiency/Efectos de la externalización de servicios a empresas intensivos en conocimiento sobre la eficiencia de las empresas en Aragón," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 28, pages 205(22á)-20, Abril.

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    Knowledge Intensive Business Services (KIBS); Efficiency; Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA);

    JEL classification:

    • L84 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Personal, Professional, and Business Services
    • L87 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Postal and Delivery Services
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • R19 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Other


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