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Absorptive capacity and the delocalisation of university-industry interaction Evidence from participations in the EU's Sixth Framework Programme for Research


  • Attila Varga

    (Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Pécs)

  • Dimitrios Pontikakis

    (Joint Research Centre (JRC)-Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), European Commission)

  • Joaquín M. Azagra-Caro

    () (Joint Research Centre (JRC)-Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), European Commission)


Increasing university-industry interaction and university contribution to the local economy arecompatible –conventional wisdom would say. However, as other university activities, interactionwith industry may be limited due to a lack of absorptive capacity in local firms. We exploit data onparticipations to EU 6th R&D Framework Programme (FP6) to generate measures on the numberand, notably, the budgets of UII projects at regional level for the EU27. Our analysis indicates thatuniversities from regions with low absorptive capacity participate more often in FP6 projects withfirms outside the region. Our results highlight the value of policies that facilitate firm R&D toenhance collaboration with regional universities.

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  • Attila Varga & Dimitrios Pontikakis & Joaquín M. Azagra-Caro, 2010. "Absorptive capacity and the delocalisation of university-industry interaction Evidence from participations in the EU's Sixth Framework Programme for Research," Working Papers 2010R01, Orkestra - Basque Institute of Competitiveness.
  • Handle: RePEc:ivc:wpaper:2010r01 Note: *The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and may not in any circumstances be regarded as stating an officialposition of the European Commission. Neither the European Commission nor any person acting on behalf of the Commission isresponsible for the use that might be made of the following information.

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    1. Attila Varga & Márton Horváth, 2014. "Institutional and regional factors behind university patenting in Europe: an exploratory spatial analysis using EUMIDA data," Chapters,in: Knowledge, Diversity and Performance in European Higher Education, chapter 6, pages iii-iii Edward Elgar Publishing.
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