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Spatial Aspects of Innovation Activity in the US

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  • Kyriakos Drivas

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  • Claire Economidou

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  • Sotiris Karkalakos

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This paper studies the effects of spatial concentration of innovation activity on local production of patents in the US. In doing so, we augment the standard knowledge production function with a structure that allows for spatial effects, accounting along with bilateral also for multilateral influences across states. Our findings corroborate with past evidence on the important role of state’s own R&D stock and human capital in producing new inventions. In addition, external knowledge, via spatial interactions, is also a purveyor of local innovation production. The effect is stronger when we consider spatial influences from all states, in particular from the most innovative ones, and to a lesser extent from close neighboring states. Finally, spillovers are more likely to occur between states with similar technological specialization, which share common technological knowledge and pour similar technological effort. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

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  • Kyriakos Drivas & Claire Economidou & Sotiris Karkalakos, 2014. "Spatial Aspects of Innovation Activity in the US," Journal of the Knowledge Economy, Springer;Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET), vol. 5(3), pages 464-480, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jknowl:v:5:y:2014:i:3:p:464-480
    DOI: 10.1007/s13132-014-0198-3
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    Keywords

    Patents; Innovation; Knowledge production; Spatial;

    JEL classification:

    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)

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