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Is There Knowledge Convergence Among European Regions? Evidence from the European Union Framework Programmes

Erkan Erdil, İbrahim Semih Akçomak () and Umut Yılmaz Çetinkaya ()
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İbrahim Semih Akçomak: Middle East Technical University
Umut Yılmaz Çetinkaya: Middle East Technical University

Journal of the Knowledge Economy, 2022, vol. 13, issue 2, No 19, 1243-1267

Abstract: Abstract Hinging on the collaboration-induced knowledge diffusion literature, this paper aims at investigating how the landscape of knowledge production and diffusion has changed over the years and whether there is evidence of knowledge convergence among European regions. Using the European Union Framework Programme data from 1984 to 2016 and network analysis and regressions, we show that there are signs of knowledge convergence within the NUTS2 regions of Europe. Even though the top performers persist over the years, convergence is much stronger among the less developed regions even after controlling for R&D expenditures, patent applications, and human resources in science and technology. Our results have implications for knowledge generation, diffusion, and the design of cohesion policy in Europe.

Keywords: Knowledge convergence; Cohesion; Knowledge diffusion; Innovation; Europe (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s13132-021-00754-5

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