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Regions, Technological Interdependence And Growth In Europe


  • Manfred M. Fischer

    () (Vienna University of Economics and Business, Wienn, Austria)


This paper presents a theoretical neoclassical growth model with two kinds of capital, and technological interdependence among regions. Technological interdependence is assumed to operate through spatial externalities caused by disembodied knowledge diffusion between technologically similar regions. The transition from theory to econometrics yields a reduced-form empirical model that in the spatial econometrics literature is known as spatial Durbin model. Technological dependence between regions is formulated by a connectivity matrix that measures closeness of regions in a technological space spanned by 120 distinct technological fields. We use a system of 158 regions across 14 European countries over the period from 1995 to 2004 to empirically test the model. The paper illustrates the importance of an impact-based model interpretation, in terms of the LeSage and Pace (2009) approach, to correctly quantify the magnitude of spillover effects that avoid incorrect inferences about the presence or absence of significant capital externalities among technologically similar regions.

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  • Manfred M. Fischer, 2009. "Regions, Technological Interdependence And Growth In Europe," Romanian Journal of Regional Science, Romanian Regional Science Association, vol. 3(2), pages 1-17, DECEMBER.
  • Handle: RePEc:rrs:journl:v:3:y:2009:i:2:p:1-17

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    1. Zizi goschin, 2014. "R&D As An Engine Of Regional Economic Growth In Romania," Romanian Journal of Regional Science, Romanian Regional Science Association, vol. 8(1), pages 24-37, JUNE.
    2. Zaman, Gheorghe & Georgescu, George & Goschin, Zizi & Antonescu, Daniela & Popa, Florina, 2015. "Dezvoltarea economica endogena la nivel regional. Cazul Romaniei
      [Endogenous economic development at regional level. The case of Romania]
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    Economic growth; augmented Mankiw-Romer-Weil model; disembodied knowledge diffusion; technological similarity between regions; spatial econometrics; European regions;

    JEL classification:

    • C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes


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