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Measuring Regional Innovativeness - A Methodological Discussion and an Application to One German Industry

  • Tom Broekel


    (Max Planck Institute of Economics, Evolutionary Economics Group)

  • Thomas Brenner

    (Max Planck Institute of Economics, Evolutionary Economics Group)

The regional or national innovation performance has been repeatedly measured in the literature; but it has so far not been discussed what this means, especially in relation to a region. What is the contribution of a region to innovation output? The usual approaches implicitly assume that higher innovation outputs per inhabitant, employee, or R+D employee can be assigned to a region. We argue that more insights are gained if we distinguish between various mechanisms that influence the innovation activities in a region. Different analyses need to be conducted, using different variables and including different local factors. Furthermore, we see no justification for using a linear dependence of innovation activity on the number of inhabitants or employees as a benchmark for performance. We use a method that takes into account these arguments and apply it to the Electrics + Electronics industry in Germany.

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Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2007-065.

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Date of creation: 17 Sep 2007
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