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How much does KIBS contribute to the generation and diffusion of innovation?

  • Francisco Mas-Verdú
  • Anthony Wensley
  • Martin Alba
  • José María García Álvarez-Coque
Empirical Article


This article aims to estimate the contribution of KIBS to the innovation system. Data on innovation gathered from national and European databases are analyzed using a methodology based on an input–output framework to estimate the drive for innovation in the Spanish economy and the contribution of KIBS. KIBS are found to be crucial to both the creation and diffusion of innovation. From among the four classifications of sectors analyzed herein, KIBS is found to be the only significant net generator of innovation.


KIBS Innovation diffusion Embodied knowledge 



Authors would like to thank the Ministry of Science and innovation for its support for this article (project AGRINNOVA; reference: AGL2009-13303-C02-02), the Universidad Politècnica de Valencia (project PAID 06-10/2392) and the Generalitat Valenciana (GV/2011/049).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francisco Mas-Verdú
    • 1
  • Anthony Wensley
    • 2
  • Martin Alba
    • 1
  • José María García Álvarez-Coque
    • 1
  1. 1.International Economics Group, Department of Economics and Social ScienceUniversitat Politècnica de ValenciaValenciaSpain
  2. 2.ICCITUniversity of Toronto MississaugaMississaugaCanada

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