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Regional Factors and Innovativeness - An Empirical Analysis of Four German Industries

  • Tom Broekel

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  • Thomas Brenner

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A growing body of work emphasizes the importance of regional factors for regional innovativeness. In this paper, about seventy variables approximating the social-economic characteristics of regions are aggregated to twelve regional factors. In four industry-specific set-ups their influence on firms' innovativeness is tested. The study confirms that inter-industrial differences exist in the importance of these factors. In the empirical analyses a log-linear model is compared with a linear approach. While both are theoretically problematic it is shown that the log-linear model performs better in the empirical assessment.

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Paper provided by Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography in its series Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) with number 0917.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2009
Date of revision: Oct 2009
Handle: RePEc:egu:wpaper:0917
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