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Title:Locational conditions, cooperation, and innovativeness: evidence from research and company spin-offs PDF Logo
Authors:Lejpras, Anna
Stephan, Andreas
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Discussion papers // German Institute for Economic Research 804
Abstract:This paper has two goals. First, it analyzes the extent to which the innovativeness of spin-offs, either born from a research facility or from another company, is influenced by locational conditions. Second, it provides evidence on how important local cooperation links are in comparison to nonlocal ones. Using a sample of approximately 1,500 East German firms from knowledge-intensive sectors, we estimate a structural equation model applying the partial least squares method. We find that proximity to local research institutes and universities is the most influential factor for the cooperation intensity of spin-offs. Furthermore, the higher the cooperation intensity, the greater the innovativeness of a firm. Moreover, the results indicate that it is not the local but the nonlocal cooperation ties that are more conducive to innovativeness of research spin-offs. The findings also highlight that the innovativeness of research spin-offs with solely local links is strongly depends on support from various authorities and institutions.
Subjects:Research and Company Spin-Offs
Locational Conditions
Cooperation Intensity
Innovativeness
Structural Equation Modeling
Partial Least Squares Approach
JEL:M13
O18
R3
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des DIW
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