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The Annals of Regional Science

, Volume 47, Issue 1, pp 169–194 | Cite as

Regional factors and innovativeness: an empirical analysis of four German industries

  • Tom BroekelEmail author
  • Thomas Brenner
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Original Paper

Abstract

A growing body of work emphasizes the importance of regional factors for regional innovativeness. In this paper, about 70 variables approximating the social-economic characteristics of regions are aggregated to 12 regional factors. In four industry-specific set-ups their influence on firms’ innovativeness is tested. The study confirms that inter-industrial differences exist in the importance of these factors. In the empirical analyses a log-linear model is compared with a linear approach. While both are theoretically problematic it is shown that the log-linear model performs better in the empirical assessment.

Keywords

Regional innovation performance Regional innovativeness Knowledge production function Industry comparison German regions 

JEL Classification

O18 R11 R12 

Notes

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Section of Economic Geography, Faculty of GeosciencesUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Economic Geography and Location ResearchPhilipps University MarburgMarburgGermany

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