The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 39, Issue 6, pp 836–858 | Cite as

The impact of participation in European joint research projects on knowledge creation and economic growth

  • Daniela Di Cagno
  • Andrea Fabrizi
  • Valentina MelicianiEmail author


This paper investigates the impact of participation in European scientific networks on the stock of knowledge and on economic growth. We use scientific links in FP programmes to weight foreign R&D in order to construct two different measures of foreign R&D spillovers and we assess their impact on the production of knowledge (patents) and on economic growth in a panel of countries participating in FP over the period 1994–2005. We find that participation in EU funded projects is an important channel of knowledge transfer. However, while for countries with high levels of R&D expenditure R&D spillovers contribute to the generation of new knowledge, for low R&D spenders knowledge spillovers facilitate technological imitation and catching up.


R&D collaboration EU Framework Programmes Knowledge spillovers Patents Economic growth 

JEL Classification

O33 O47 L14 C2 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniela Di Cagno
    • 1
  • Andrea Fabrizi
    • 2
  • Valentina Meliciani
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.University LUISS Guido Carli of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.Ministry of Economic DevelopmentRomeItaly
  3. 3.University of TeramoTeramoItaly

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