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Knowledge spillovers and economic growth: An analysis using data of Dutch regions in the period 1987-1995

Book or journal references : Regional Studies, vol. 38, pp. 393-407 (2004).

Author(s) : Van Stel , A. J. and Nieuwenhuijsen , H. R.

Abstract :

The importance of knowledge spillovers for achieving innovation and economic growth is widely recognized. It is not straightforward which types of spillover are most effective: intra-sectoral spillovers or inter-sectoral spillovers. We investigate this controversy using a model of regional growth. The model also deals with the impact of local competition on innovation and growth. The model is estimated using sectoral data for 40 Dutch regions. We find that local competition is important particularly for economic growth in industry sectors (manufacturing and construction), while diversity, a proxy for inter-sectoral spillovers, is important particularly for growth in service sectors. We find no effect for specialization (a proxy for intra-sectoral spillovers).

Keywords :

knowledge spillovers; innovation; economic growth; industry structure SPATIAL EXTERNALITIES; INNOVATION; ECONOMETRICS; GEOGRAPHY; CLUSTERS; POLICY

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