Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/2612
Authors: 
Bode, Eckhardt
Year of Publication: 
2001
Series/Report no.: 
Kiel Working Paper 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: 
knowledge spillovers
path-dependence
endogenous growth
spatial econometrics
Germany
regional innovation
JEL: 
R11
C21
O31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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