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University And Firm Performance In The Italian Manufacturing Sector

  • Paola Cardamone


  • Valeria Pupo


  • Fernanda Ricotta


    (Dipartimento di Economia e Statistica, Università della Calabria)

This paper analyses the influence of universities on Italian firm TFP at the provincial level separating the effects of main university functions, such as the creation of knowledge through research, the creation of human capital through teaching and the technology transfer. Overall, results show that the presence of the universities does not seem to affect firm productivity. If, instead, we focus only on the most developed and productive area of the country, the North of Italy, the results change: we find that university activities significantly improve firm performance.

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Paper provided by Università della Calabria, Dipartimento di Economia, Statistica e Finanza (Ex Dipartimento di Economia e Statistica) in its series Working Papers with number 201207.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2012
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Handle: RePEc:clb:wpaper:201207
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