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Innovation in Russia: the territorial dimension

Crescenzi, Riccardo and Jaax, Alexander (2017) Innovation in Russia: the territorial dimension. Economic Geography, 93 (1). pp. 66-88. ISSN 0013-0095

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00130095.2016.1208532

Abstract

The debate on Russia’s innovation performance has paid little attention to the role of geography. This paper addresses this gap by integrating an evolutionary dimension in an ‘augmented’ regional knowledge production function framework to examine the territorial dynamics of knowledge creation in Russia. The empirical analysis identifies a strong link between regional R&D expenditure and patenting performance. However, R&D appears inadequately connected to regional human capital. Conversely, Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) play a fundamental role as ‘global knowledge pipelines’. The incorporation of historical variables reveals that the Russian case is a striking example of long-term pathdependency in regional patterns of knowledge generation. Endowment with Soviet-founded science cities remains a strong predictor of current patenting. However, current innovation drivers and policies also concur to enhance (or hinder) innovation performance in all regions. The alignment of regional innovation efforts, exposure to localised knowledge flows and injections of ‘foreign’ knowledge channelled by MNEs make path-renewal and pathcreation possible, opening new windows of locational opportunity.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/subject/code/GE2B/t...
Additional Information: © 2016 Clark University
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
T Technology > T Technology (General)
JEL classification: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O32 - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O33 - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R11 - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, and Changes
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R12 - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2016 08:33
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2017 14:31
Projects: 639633-MASSIVE-ERC-2014-STG
Funders: European Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/66948

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