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Quality of government and innovative performance in the regions of Europe

Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés and Di Cataldo, Marco (2015) Quality of government and innovative performance in the regions of Europe. Journal of Economic Geography, 15 (4). pp. 673-706. ISSN 1468-2702

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Identification Number: 10.1093/jeg/lbu023

Abstract

This article aims to shed light on how institutions shape innovative capacity, by focusing on how regional government quality affects innovative performance in the regions of Europe. By exploiting new data on quality of government, we assess how government quality and its components (control of corruption, rule of law, government effectiveness and government accountability) shape patenting across the regions of the European Union (EU). The results of the analysis—which are robust to controlling for the endogeneity of institutions—provide strong evidence of a link between the quality of government and the capacity of regions to innovate. In particular, ineffective and corrupt governments represent a fundamental barrier for the innovative capacity of the periphery of the EU, strongly undermining any potential effect of any other measures aimed at promoting greater innovation. The results have important implications for the definition of innovation strategies in EU regions.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://academic.oup.com/joeg
Additional Information: © 2014 Oxford University Press
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
JEL classification: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development
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
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Date Deposited: 18 May 2018 13:56
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2019 01:22
Projects: FP/2007-2013, 269869
Funders: Seventh Framework Programme, European Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/88004

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