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Universities and regional economic growth in Spanish regions

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  • Néstor Duch-Brown

    () (University of Barcelona & IEB)

  • Javier García-Estévez

    () (University of Barcelona & IEB)

  • Martí Parellada-Sabata

    () (University of Barcelona & IEB)

Abstract

This paper examines the main contributions of universities to the economic growth of Spanish regions. It calculates the separate effects of the different university functions on the regional economy, namely the creation of human capital, research and technology transfer. It includes a panel data set with the key variables of university activities and their effects on the economy at provincial level. The econometric estimations are based on information for all 47 public universities and include 34 Spanish provinces. The empirical results suggest that the growth of regional GVA is positively correlated to both the human capital created by universities and the stock of university patents

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  • Néstor Duch-Brown & Javier García-Estévez & Martí Parellada-Sabata, 2011. "Universities and regional economic growth in Spanish regions," Working Papers 2011/6, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB).
  • Handle: RePEc:ieb:wpaper:2011/4/doc2011-6
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    1. Arthur Grimes & Eyal Apatov & Larissa Lutchman & Anna Robinson, 2014. "Infrastructure’s Long-Lived Impact on Urban Development: Theory and Empirics," Working Papers 14_11, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research.
    2. repec:taf:nzecpp:v:50:y:2016:i:3:p:303-322 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    regional economic development; universities; higher education; human capital; research; technology development;

    JEL classification:

    • R15 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Econometric and Input-Output Models; Other Methods
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure

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