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Disentangling regional innovation capability: what really matters?

Ganau, Roberto and Grandinetti, Roberto (2021) Disentangling regional innovation capability: what really matters? Industry and Innovation, 28 (6). 749 - 772. ISSN 1366-2716

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13662716.2021.1904841


Where does innovation come from? And do all regions innovate similarly? We deal with these questions by highlighting the complexity of the concepts of innovation capability and performance, and by testing their association at the European Union regional level. We disentangle inputs of innovation capability, and consider regional heterogeneity in institutional quality, to understand the relative endowment of what innovation inputs is associated with higher relative innovation performance. We find that ‘formal’ inputs–public and business R&D expenditure–do not work unconditionally and everywhere, and that less ‘formal’ ones–e.g., non-R&D expenditure and firms collaborating for innovation–matter particularly in regions with relative low-quality institutions. Moreover, institutional quality emerges as an innovation productivity-enhancing factor.

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Additional Information: © 2021 Informa UK
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O30 - General
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O5 - Economywide Country Studies > O52 - Europe
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R11 - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, and Changes
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2022 10:54
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2022 23:00

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