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Regional importance of Mittelstand firms and innovation performance

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  • Berlemann, Michael
  • Jahn, Vera

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Despite of the deeply rooted belief of politicians from all over the world in the important role of Mittelstand firms, there has been surprisingly little empirical research on this issue, yet. This article contributes to the literature by studying whether the relative regional importance of Mittelstand firms has an effect on regional innovation performance. Using a cross section of German NUTS-3-regions, a significantly positive relation between the relative importance of owner-managed SMEs and patent applications is identified. This finding is highly robust when controlling for spatial correlations as they often occur in highly disaggregated regional analyses.

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  • Berlemann, Michael & Jahn, Vera, 2015. "Regional importance of Mittelstand firms and innovation performance," Beiträge zur Jahrestagung 2015 (Bayreuth) 140884, Verein für Socialpolitik, Ausschuss für Wirtschaftssysteme und Institutionenökonomik.
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    Keywords

    Innovation; Mittelstand firms; Owner-management; SMEs; Germany;

    JEL classification:

    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights

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