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Innovation, spillovers and university--industry collaboration: an extended knowledge production function approach

  • Roderik Ponds
  • Frank van Oort
  • Koen Frenken

This paper analyses the effect of knowledge spillovers from academic research on regional innovation. Spillovers are localized to the extent that the underlying mechanisms are geographically bounded. However, university-industry collaboration - as one of the carriers of knowledge spillovers - is not limited to the regional scale. Consequently, we expect spillovers to take place over longer distances. The effect of university-industry collaboration networks on knowledge spillovers is modelled using an extended knowledge production function framework applied to regions in the Netherlands. We find that the impact of academic research on regional innovation is mediated not only by geographical proximity but also by social networks stemming from collaboration networks.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Journal of Economic Geography.

Volume (Year): 10 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
Pages: 231-255

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Handle: RePEc:oup:jecgeo:v:10:y:2010:i:2:p:231-255
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