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The Co-Evolution of Knowledge and Economic Structure: Evidence from European Regions

  • Francesco Quatraro

This paper articulates an analysis of the co-evolutionary patterns of structural change in knowledge and economics. The former is made operationally through the analysis of co-occurrences of technological classes within patent documents, so as to derive the indicators of coherence, variety and cognitive distance. The latter is instead made operational in a synthetic way by implementing a shift share analysis, which allows to decomposing the growth in labour productivity in the effects due to the changing allocation of employment, those ascribed to intra-sector productivity growth and those due to the interaction of these two. The results of the analysis conducted on a sample of 227 European regions, show the existence of interesting lead-led dynamics between knowledge and economic structure that call for further investigation.

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