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Knowledge Externalities, Innovation Clusters and Regional Development

Edited by Jordi Suriñach, Rosina Moreno and Esther Vayá, AQR Research Group – IREA, University of Barcelona, Spain
This book begins with a theoretical examination of regional innovation
systems, agglomeration economics and knowledge spillovers, before
going on to examine the same concepts within an empirical framework.
Special emphasis is given to the importance of proximity in the formation
of regional innovation systems. It concludes by considering innovation and
human capital as determinants of regional economic growth.
Extent: 320 pp
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Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 978 1 84720 120 1
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Regional Economics
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Clusters
  • Regional Economics
This book begins with a theoretical examination of regional innovation
systems, agglomeration economics and knowledge spillovers, before
going on to examine the same concepts within an empirical framework.
Special emphasis is given to the importance of proximity in the formation of regional innovation systems. It concludes by considering innovation and human capital as determinants of regional economic growth.

The concept of knowledge spillovers is used within the book to explain a number of major economic phenomena, including the geographical
clustering of inventions; the social returns to R&D that significantly exceed private returns; and the sizeable disproportions that exist between firms in terms of their R&D inputs and outputs. The contributors identify that small firms are responsible for far more product innovations than large firms relative to their measurable knowledge resources. The book also stresses the importance of a catch-up mechanism that sees technological improvement as the combination of two distinct types of activity: innovation and imitation. In this way, the impact of human capital and other types of knowledge acquisition on economic growth is measured. The conclusions of the contributors are invaluably oriented to policy implications.

This book will appeal to researchers and postgraduate students of regional science and innovation and knowledge, as well as policymakers.
Contributors: C. Autant-Bernard, J.M. Azagra Caro, A. Barge Gil, R. Basile, T. Baumart, F. Bellone, A. Bonaccorsi, M. Buesa, P. Cooke, Y Dalla Pria, A. Di Liberto, J. Heijs, M. Lehrer, M.T. Martínez-Fernández, M. Martínez Pellitero, N. Massard, A. Modrego Rico, F.X. Molina-Morales, R. Moreno, L. Piscitello, O. Raspe, C. Rossi, L. Santamaría Sánchez, R. Suire, J. Suriñach, F.G. van Oort, E. Vayá, J. Vicente
Contents:

Introduction
Jordi Suriñach, Rosina Moreno and Esther Vayá

PART I: REGIONAL INNOVATION SYSTEMS, AGGLOMERATION ECONOMIES AND KNOWLEDGE SPILLOVERS: THEORETICAL APPROACHES
1. Theorizing Regional Knowledge Capabilities: Economic Geography Under ‘Open Innovation’
Philip Cooke

2. Knowledge Spillovers and Organizational Heterogeneity: An Historical Overview of German Technology Sectors
Mark Lehrer

3. The Ambivalent Role of Mimetic Behavior in Proximity Dynamics: Evidence from the French ‘Silicon Sentier’
Jérôme Vicente, Yan Dalla Pria and Raphaël Suire

4. IT Adoption, Industrial Structure and Agglomeration Economies
Flora Bellone

PART II: REGIONAL INNOVATION SYSTEMS, AGGLOMERATION ECONOMIES AND KNOWLEDGE SPILLOVERS: EMPIRICAL STUDIES
5. Pecuniary and Knowledge Externalities as Agglomeration Forces: Empirical Evidence from Individual French Data
Corinne Autant-Bernard and Nadine Massard

6. The Adoption of ICTs – Why Does it Differ Across Regions?
Andrea Bonaccorsi, Lucia Piscitello and Cristina Rossi

7. Novel Applications of Existing Econometric Instruments to Analyse Regional Innovation Systems: The Spanish Case
Mikel Buesa, Mónica Martínez Pellitero, Thomas Baumart and Joost Heijs

8. Over-embeddedness and Under-exploration Issues in Cohesive Networks: An Application to Territorial Clusters
Francesc Xavier Molina-Morales and María Teresa Martínez-Fernández

9. The Regional Dimension of University–Industry Interaction
Joaquín M. Azagra Caro

10. Which Factors Underlie Public Selection of R&D Cooperative Projects?
Lluís Santamaría Sánchez, Andrés Barge Gil and Aurelia Modrego Rico

PART III: REGIONAL ECONOMIC GROWTH AND KNOWLEDGE
11. Convergence Clubs and the Role of Education in Spanish Regional Growth
Adriana Di Liberto

12. Non-linearities, Spatial Dependence and Regional Economic Growth in Europe: A Semiparametric Approach
Roberto Basile

13. Urban Heterogeneity in Knowledge-related Economic Growth
Frank G. van Oort and Otto Raspe

Index