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Regional diversification patterns and Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) in Italian regions

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  • Roberto Antonietti
  • Sandro Montresor

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This paper investigates the role of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) in the regional diversification of economic activities. We maintain that KETs drive different diversification trajectories, leading regions from the most conservative to the most radical pattern of diversification. Using an original dataset for Italian NUTS3 regions, we estimate a series of ordered logit models, in which a region’s propensity to move across industry diversification patterns depends on its KETs endowment. We find regions with more KETs better able to move towards more ‘unrelated’ diversification patterns, but only when KETs are combined with other technologies, and only in densely populated regions.

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  • Roberto Antonietti & Sandro Montresor, 2019. "Regional diversification patterns and Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) in Italian regions," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1928, Utrecht University, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Group Economic Geography, revised Oct 2019.
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    Keywords

    diversification patterns; Key Enabling Technologies; ordered logit;

    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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