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Spatial interaction modelling of cross‐region R&D collaborations: empirical evidence from the 5th EU framework programme*

Thomas Scherngell () and Michael J. Barber

Papers in Regional Science, 2009, vol. 88, issue 3, 531-546

Abstract: Abstract The focus of this study is on cross‐region R&D collaborations in Europe. We use data on collaborative R&D projects funded by the 5th EU Framework Programme (FP5). The objective is to identify separation effects – such as geographical or technological effects – on the constitution of cross‐region collaborative R&D activities within a Poisson spatial interaction modelling framework. The results provide striking evidence that geographical factors are important determinants of cross‐region collaboration intensities, but the effect of technological proximity is stronger. R&D collaborations occur most often between organizations that are located close to each other in technological space. Resumen El punto focal de este estudio son las colaboraciones interregionales de I+D en Europa. Utilizamos datos de proyectos de colaboración de I+D financiados por el 5° Programa Marco de la UE (FP5). El objetivo es identificar efectos de separación – tales como efectos geográficos o tecnológicos – en la planificación de actividades interregionales de colaboración en I+D dentro de un marco de modelización de interacción espacial de Poisson. Los resultados aportan pruebas contundentes de que los factores geográficos son determinantes importantes de las intensidades de colaboración interregionales, pero el efecto de la proximidad tecnológica tiene mayor influencia. Las colaboraciones de I+D suceden en su mayoría entre organizaciones situadas próximas unas a otras en un espacio tecnológico.

Date: 2009
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