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Incubators, Accelerators and Regional Economic Development

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  • Madaleno, Margarida

    (London School of Economics)

  • Nathan, Max

    () (University of Birmingham)

  • Overman, Henry

    () (London School of Economics)

  • Waights, Sevrin

    () (DIW Berlin)

Abstract

A growing wave of co-location programmes promises to boost growth for entrepreneurs and young firms. Despite great public and policy interest we have little idea whether such programmes are effective. This paper categorises accelerators and incubators within a larger family of co-location interventions. We then develop a single framework to theorise workspace-level impacts. We summarise available evaluation evidence and sketch implications for regional economic policy. We find clear evidence programmes are effective overall. But we know little about how effects operate – or who benefits. Providers and policymakers should experiment further to establish optimal designs.

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  • Madaleno, Margarida & Nathan, Max & Overman, Henry & Waights, Sevrin, 2018. "Incubators, Accelerators and Regional Economic Development," IZA Discussion Papers 11856, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp11856
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    Keywords

    entrepreneurship; incubators; accelerators; clusters; cities; economic development;

    JEL classification:

    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
    • R30 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - General
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy

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