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Spatial distribution of R&D expenditure and patent applications across EU regions and its impact on economic cohesion

  • Martín, Carmela
  • Mulas-Granados, Carlos


    (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

  • Sanz, Ismael

This article explores the spatial distribution of regional technology indicators in the EU over the last decade and its impact on cohesion. Thus, we find that public R&D spending and patent applications have converged among regions during the nineties. On the other hand, private R&D activities have diverged, as a result of an asymmetric expansion during the second half of the nineties. We show that when the dispersion of public R&D across regions diminished in the second half of the nineties, income disparities at regional level also decreased. Therefore, while technology policy based on efficiency criteria should remain as a policy tool for economic growth, this policy should be counterbalanced by R&D funds to the least developed regions to maintain economic cohesion.

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Article provided by Asociación Española de Ciencia Regional in its journal Investigaciones Regionales.

Volume (Year): (2005)
Issue (Month): 6 ()
Pages: 41-61

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