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A Multilevel Approach to Geography of Innovation


  • Martin Srholec


Srholec M. A multilevel approach to geography of innovation, Regional Studies. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate how research on geography of innovation can benefit from multilevel modelling. Using micro-data from the third Community Innovation Survey in the Czech Republic, the hypothesis that regional framework conditions determine the innovative performance of firms and that this effect differs for different kinds of firms is quantitatively assessed. The results indicate that the quality of the regional innovation system directly influences the likelihood of a firm to innovate and that this effect decreases with the size of the firm. Also, broader social characteristics of the region are relevant explanatory factors of innovation. [image omitted] Srholec M. Une approche a la geographie de l'innovation a plusieurs niveaux, Regional Studies. Cet article cherche a montrer comment la recherche sur la geographie de l'innovation peut profiter de la modelisation a plusieurs niveaux. Employant des donnees microeconomiques provenant de la troisieme Enquete sur l'innovation communautaire menee dans la Republique tcheque, on evalue quantitativement l'hypothese suivante: les conditions prealables du cadre regional determinent la performance des entreprises pour ce qui est de l'innovation et cet effet varie suivant le statut de l'entreprise. Les resultats laissent voir que la qualite du systeme d'innovation regional influe directement sur la possibilite que les entreprises aillent innover et que cet effet diminue suivant la taille de l'entreprise. En plus, des caracteristiques sociales regionales plus generales s'averent des facteurs explicatifs de l'innovation. Innovation Geographie Systeme d'innovation regional Modelisation a plusieurs niveaux Republique tcheque Srholec M. Ein mehrschichtiger Ansatz fur die Geografie der Innovation, Regional Studies. Mit diesem Beitrag soll nachgewiesen werden, wie die Forschung uber die Geografie der Innovation von mehrschichtigen Modellen profitieren kann. Anhand von Mikrodaten aus der dritten Innovationserhebung der Gemeinschaft in der Tschechischen Republik nehmen wir eine quantitative Bewertung der Hypothese vor, dass die innovative Leistung von Firmen von den regionalen Rahmenbedingungen abhangt und dass diese Auswirkung fur verschiedene Arten von Firmen unterschiedlich ausfallt. Aus den Ergebnissen geht hervor, dass die Qualitat des regionalen Innovationssystems einen direkten Einfluss auf die Wahrscheinlichkeit ausubt, dass die Firmen Innovationen hervorbringen, und sich dass diese Wirkung mit der Grosse der Firma abschwacht. Ebenso erwiesen sich generellere gesellschaftliche Merkmale der Region als relevante Faktoren zur Erklarung von Innovation. Innovation Geografie Regionales Innovationssystem Mehrschichtige Modelle Tschechische Republik Srholec M. Un enfoque de varios niveles para la geografia de la innovacion, Regional Studies. La finalidad de este articulo es demostrar como pueden beneficiarse los estudios sobre la geografia de la innovacion con el modelo de varios niveles. Usando micro datos del tercer Estudio de Innovacion Comunitario en la Republica Checa, evaluamos cuantitativamente la hipotesis de que las condiciones de estructura regional determinan el rendimiento de innovacion de las empresas y que este efecto es distinto para diferentes tipos de empresas. Los resultados indican que la calidad del sistema de innovacion regional influye directamente en la probabilidad de innovar de las empresas y que este efecto disminuye con el tamano de la empresa. Asimismo se demuestra que las caracteristicas sociales mas generales de la region son factores explicativos relevantes de la innovacion. Innovacion Geografia Sistema de innovacion regional Modelos de varios niveles Republica Checa

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  • Martin Srholec, 2010. "A Multilevel Approach to Geography of Innovation," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(9), pages 1207-1220.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:44:y:2010:i:9:p:1207-1220
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400903365094

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    Innovation; Geography; Regional innovation system; Multilevel modelling; Czech Republic;

    JEL classification:

    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General
    • R15 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Econometric and Input-Output Models; Other Methods
    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory


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