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Local Innovation Systems and Benchmarking


  • Uwe Cantner

    () (Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Economics Department)


This paper reviews approaches used for evaluating the performance of local or regional innovation systems. This evaluation is performed by a benchmarking approach in which a frontier production function can be determined, based on a knowledge production function relating innovation inputs and innovation outputs. In analyses on the regional level and especially when acknowledging regional innovation systems those approaches have to take into account cooperative invention and innovation - the core of the innovation system approach. To make these interactive effects visible, a method is suggested to identify the relative regional impact on cooperative innovative activities.

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  • Uwe Cantner, 2008. "Local Innovation Systems and Benchmarking," Jena Economic Research Papers 2008-041, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
  • Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2008-041

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    benchmarking; regional innovation systems; frontier function approaches;

    JEL classification:

    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • C2 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables
    • C6 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling

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