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Bridging Technologies in the Regional Knowledge Space: Measurement and Evolution

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  • Stefano Basilico

    () (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration)

  • Holger Graf

    () (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration)

Abstract

The concept of Bridging Technologies (BTs) refers to technologies which are important for the regional knowledge base by connecting different fields and thereby enabling technological development. We provide analytical tools to identify BTs and study their evolution over time. We apply these tools on several levels. Our findings indicate that large patenting regions are not necessarily the ones that embed most new technologies in their Knowledge Space (KS). Our findings reveal that the German KS became less dependent on important technologies, such as transport, machinery and chemicals over the period 1995-2015. Changes in the German KS in terms of the development of new BTs are due to a regionally dispersed process rather than driven by single regions.

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  • Stefano Basilico & Holger Graf, 2020. "Bridging Technologies in the Regional Knowledge Space: Measurement and Evolution," Jena Economic Research Papers 2020-012, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
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    Keywords

    Knowledge Spaces; Network Analysis; Bridging Technology; Revealed Relatedness; GPT; Centrality;

    JEL classification:

    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • O34 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes

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