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Title:Is regional innovative activity path-dependent? : An empirical analysis for Germany PDF Logo
Authors:Bode, Eckhardt
Issue Date:2001
Series/Report no.:Kiel Working Papers 1058
Abstract:Based on a standard idea-based model of endogenous growth we test the hypothesis that regional innovative activity is path-dependent, and investigate the geographical scope of knowledge spillovers. Using data for West-German regions, two alternative indicators of the stock of knowledge are specified. One is based on patent applications, the other on numbers of researchers. With patents as indicator the path-dependence hypothesis is rejected, and knowledge spillovers from neighboring regions appear to be irrelevant. With numbers of researchers as indicator, by contrast, there is evidence for both path-dependence, and the relevance of interregional knowledge spillovers. Several extensions and refinements are discussed which may help resolving these apparent contradictions.
Subjects:regional innovation
knowledge spillovers
path-dependence
endogenous growth
spatial econometrics
Germany
JEL:R11
C21
O31
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des IfW
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