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Analysis of the regional location of the knowledge intensive services at European level


  • Gallego Martínez-Alcocer , Jorge

    () (Universidad de Alcalá)

  • Maroto Sánchez , Andrés

    () (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)


This paper is an attempt to clarify recent trends in the distribution of knowledge intensive services (KIS) in Europe, which have emerged during the last decade as key agents for sustaining local and regional competitiveness. Firstly, particular attention is paid to the definition, the characteristics, and the role played by knowledge intensive services in the economy, and some explanatory factors determining their distribution patterns are considered. Secondly, on the basis of data collected from the REGIO database (Eurostat), KIS industry concentration levels at the regional level in Europe are analysed. Finally, the statistical significance of those factors explaining KIS location patterns is evaluated through a multivariate regression analysis and a panel data modelling.

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  • Gallego Martínez-Alcocer , Jorge & Maroto Sánchez , Andrés, 2010. "Analysis of the regional location of the knowledge intensive services at European level," INVESTIGACIONES REGIONALES - Journal of REGIONAL RESEARCH, Asociación Española de Ciencia Regional, issue 17, pages 71-92.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:invreg:0071

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    Knowledge Intensive Services (KIS); economic geography; sectoral; concentration; productive specialization;

    JEL classification:

    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • R30 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - General
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy


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