Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/228309
Authors: 
Ruhrmann, Henriette
Fritsch, Michael
Leydesdorff, Loet
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
Jena Economic Research Papers No. 2020-007
Abstract: 
Employing a quantitative, data-driven tool - the Triple Helix Indicator - to microdata of firms in Germany, we develop an evidence base for innovation-policy strategies. We aim to answer the question which level of government (local, regional, national) might be most effective for strategic innovation policy-making based on smart specialization in Germany. The empirical results show that the country is decentralized to the extent that it cannot be considered a "national" innovation system. More than two-thirds of innovation-system synergy is generated at the lower levels of districts (NUTS3) and Governmental Regions (NUTS2). In high-tech and medium-tech manufacturing, former East and West Germany, as well as North and South Germany, can be considered separate sub-national innovation systems. These findings strengthen the case for region- and context-specific innovation policies. The results illustrate the value of the Triple Helix Indicator for systematic regional mapping and serve as evidence for policy-makers to expand RIS3 policy strategies to the regional and local level in Germany.
Subjects: 
Innovation systems
Triple Helix
Germany
Redundancy
Synergy
JEL: 
O30
R11
O38
O52
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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