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Regional geographic research and development spillovers and economic growth: Evidence from West Germany

Book or journal references : Regional Studies, vol. 39, pp. 143-153 (2005).

Author(s) : Funke , M. and Niebuhr , A.

Abstract :

The paper is based on recent theoretical writings in growth economics that emphasise the effects of both own research and development efforts and of interregional technology spillovers on regions' productivity. It proposes robust estimation techniques to evaluate the research and development spillovers across West German functional regions between 1976 and 1996. The findings suggest the existence of knowledge spillovers across functional regional boundaries. Moreover, significant spillovers are mainly found among geographically close regions. This finding confirms the hypothesis that proximity matters.


Keywords :

research and development (R&D) spillovers; economic growth; Germany INNOVATION

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