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The bioregio-contest initiated by the German federal government: A new approach to technological policy and its regional consequences (Abstract only)

Dohse, Dirk
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38th Congress of the European Regional Science Association: "Europe Quo Vadis? - Regional Questions at the Turn of the Century", 28 August - 1 September 1998, Vienna, Austria
There has been a remarkable change in German technological policy during the last years.The first thing to mention is that technological policy in Germany takes a broader view now, focussing not only on knowledge creation (i.e. the invention process per se) but also on knowledge diffusion and faster commercialization. The second noteworthy change is the growing importance of regions as reference units for technogical policy initiatives. The most prominent example is the BioRegio-contest initiated by the Federal Research Ministry in which 17 German regions compete for a given amount of public funding. In the current paper it will be shown that the spatial implications of biotechnology are quite different from those of other technologies. Building on the results of this analysis we investigate the spatial consequences of the BioRegio-contest and discuss possible trade offs between technological policies and regional development policies. Key words: regional innovation policy, biotechnology, competition between regions JEL-classification: O31, O33, R11
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The author does not want this paper to be included in the conference CD-ROM. It will appear in Networks, Innovation and Competitiveness, Manfred M. Fischer, L. Suarez-Villa, M. Steiner (eds.), Springer Verlag.
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