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The determinants of regional innovation in Europe: A combined factorial and regression knowledge production function approach

  • Buesa, Mikel
  • Heijs, Joost
  • Baumert, Thomas
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    The present paper studies the determinants of regional innovation in Europe through a knowledge production function approach that combines factorial analysis and regression. Our dependent variable are the patents while we used initially 21 explanatory variables that were converted--by a factor analysis--into five non-observable "hypothetical" variables reflecting five important aspects of the innovation systems: the National environment, the Regional environment, Innovating firms, Universities and the R&D done by Public Administration. Our results show that all factors have a statistically significant effect on the production of knowledge (patents), although they present very different impacts.

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    Volume (Year): 39 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 6 (July)
    Pages: 722-735

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