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Title:Geographic proximity and firm-university innovation linkages: Evidence from Great Britain PDF Logo
Authors:Abramovsky, Laura
Simpson, Helen
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IFS working papers 09,03
Abstract:We investigate evidence for spatially mediated knowledge transfer from university research. We examine whether firms locate their R&D labs near universities, and whether those that do are more likely to co-operate with, or source knowledge from universities. We find that pharmaceutical firms locate R&D near to frontier chemistry research departments, consistent with accessing localised knowledge spillovers, but also linked to the presence of science parks. In industries such as chemicals and vehicles there is less evidence of immediate co-location, but those innovative firms that do locate near to relevant research departments are more likely to engage with universities.
Subjects:Innovation
Geography
Spillovers
Public Research
JEL:O3
R11
R13
I23
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IFS Working Papers, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

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