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Regional Geographic R&D Spillovers and Economic Growth


  • Michael Funke


  • Annekatrin Niebuhr


The paper bases itself on recent theoretical writings in growth economics that emphasize the effects of both own R&D efforts and of interregional technology spillovers on regions´ productivity. We propose robust estimation techniques to evaluate the R&D spillovers across West German functional regions during the period 1976 - 1996. The findings suggest the existence of knowledge spillovers across functional regional boundaries. Moreover, significant spillovers are mainly found among geographically close regions. This finding confirms the hypothesis that proximity matters.

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  • Michael Funke & Annekatrin Niebuhr, 2000. "Regional Geographic R&D Spillovers and Economic Growth," Quantitative Macroeconomics Working Papers 20007, Hamburg University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ham:qmwops:20007

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    1. Oliviero A. Carboni, 2013. "A spatial analysis of R&D: the role of industry proximity," Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 22(8), pages 820-839, November.
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