Transition Studies Review

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 134–150 | Cite as

A Subregional Analysis of Universities’ Contribution to Economic and Innovation Performance

  • Zoltán BajmócyEmail author
  • Miklós Lukovics
  • Zsófia Vas
Human Capital, Innovation, Knowledge


In recent years several regions have created development strategies to strengthen the regional economic and innovation contribution of universities. Still, it is not at all obvious whether universities’ significant regional contribution is a rule or rather an exception, especially in transition and less developed areas. Present paper addresses three crucial fields that seem to be problematic in the literature. First, we analyze universities’ regional contribution in a transition economy, namely in Hungary. Second we attempt to capture territorial innovation performance by applying an innovation system based approach. Third, we carry out a nationwide analysis on a subregional level. We conclude that regional contributions of Hungarian higher education institutions are modest, way too forceless to catalyze the local economy.


Universities’ regional contribution Innovation performance Transition economy Hungary 

JEL Classification

O18 O30 O43 R11 



The research was supported by the Baross Gábor Innovation Analysis programme of the Hungarian National Office for Research and Technology (BAROSS-DA07-DA-ELEM-07-2008-0001). We are grateful for their comments on the earlier versions of this paper to Imre Lengyel, Philippe Laredo, Andreas Niederl and Siri Brorstad Borlaug.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zoltán Bajmócy
    • 1
    Email author
  • Miklós Lukovics
    • 1
  • Zsófia Vas
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Economics and Business AdministrationUniversity of SzegedSzegedHungary

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