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research notes and comments: Geographic and sectoral characteristics of academic knowledge externalities


  • Attila Varga

    () (Institute for Economic Geography, Regional Development and Environmental Management, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Rossauer Lände 23/1, A-1090 Vienna, Austria)

  • Luc Anselin

    () (Regional Economics Applications Laboratory and Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 326 Mumford Hall, 1301 W Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801, USA)

  • Zoltan J. Acs

    () (Merrick School of Business, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD 21201-5779, USA)


This note implements a novel approach to formalizing spatial externalities by employing spatial econometric methods that combine spatial dependence in the form of spatial autoregressive processes and spatial heterogeneity in the form of spatial regimes. The results confirm earlier findings that academic externalities are not uniform across sectors but also indicate important differences across sectors in terms of agglomeration effects.

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  • Attila Varga & Luc Anselin & Zoltan J. Acs, 2000. "research notes and comments: Geographic and sectoral characteristics of academic knowledge externalities," Papers in Regional Science, Springer;Regional Science Association International, vol. 79(4), pages 435-443.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:presci:v:79:y:2000:i:4:p:435-443
    Note: Received: 18 April 2000

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    Innovations; high technology R&D; spatial econometrics; knowledge production function;

    JEL classification:

    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General


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