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An investigation of the relation between cooperation and the innovative success of German regions

  • Tom Broekel

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  • Matthias Buerger

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  • Thomas Brenner

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Concepts like regional innovation systems, innovative milieu, and learning regions emphasize the positive contribution of intra-regional cooperation to firmsÕ innovation performance. Despite substantial numbers of case studies, the quantitative empirical evidence for this claim is thin. Using data on the co-application and co- invention of patents for 270 German labor market regions the study shows that intra- regional cooperation intensity and regional innovation efficiency are associated. In contrast to the negative influence of inter-regional cooperation, medium levels of intra-regional cooperation stimulate regional innovation efficiency.

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Paper provided by Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography in its series Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) with number 1011.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2010
Date of revision: Oct 2010
Handle: RePEc:egu:wpaper:1011
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