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Collaboration networks as carriers of knowledge spillovers: Evidence from EU27 regions

  • Jarno Hoekman

    (Urban & Regional research centre Utrecht (URU), Utrecht University - The Netherlands)

  • Koen Frenken

    (Urban & Regional research centre Utrecht (URU), Utrecht University - The Netherlands)

  • Frank van Oort

    (Netherlands Institute for Spatial Research (RPB)- The Netherlands)

The geography of innovation traditionally concentrates on localised knowledge spillovers, yet neglects collaboration networks as a means to access knowledge outside the region. Using publication and patent data for 1316 regions in the EU27 plus Norway and Switzerland, we find that both localised knowledge spillovers and the knowledge spillovers stemming from collaboration affect the innovative performance of regions. The results provide support for EU policies aimed at creating European collaboration networks.

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Paper provided by KITeS, Centre for Knowledge, Internationalization and Technology Studies, Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy in its series KITeS Working Papers with number 222.

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Length: pages 35
Date of creation: Sep 2008
Date of revision: Sep 2008
Handle: RePEc:cri:cespri:wp222
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