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Mapping the potential of EU regions to contribute to Industry 4.0

Pierre-Alexandre Balland and Ron Boschma ()

No 1925, Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) from Utrecht University, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Group Economic Geography

Abstract: This paper aims to identify the future Industry 4.0 centers of knowledge production in Europe. We expect Industry 4.0 Technologies (I4Ts) to thrive in regions where they can draw on local resources from related technologies. We use OECD-REGPAT data to identify I4T-related technologies, and find that I4Ts are located at the periphery of the knowledge space. Regions with a high potential in terms of I4T-related technologies were more likely to diversify successfully in new I4Ts in the period 2002-2016. We find big differences across EU regions: some show high but most regions show weak I4T potential.

Keywords: Industry 4.0; relatedness; patents; knowledge space; regional diversification; EU regions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B52 O33 R11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-09, Revised 2019-09
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-big, nep-eur, nep-geo, nep-hme and nep-ure
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