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Regional variation of innovation activity in Poland. The positive role of location in metropolitan areas affirmed

Tomasz Tomasz Brodzicki and Anna Golejewska ()
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Tomasz Tomasz Brodzicki: Faculty of Economics, University of Gdansk; Institute for Development
Anna Golejewska: Faculty of Economics, University of Gdansk

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No 1701, Working Papers of Economics of European Integration Division from The Univeristy of Gdansk, Faculty of Economics, Economics of European Integration Division

Abstract: Poland’s innovation performance is unsatisfactory. In the context of the required shift of the present mostly-extensive growth paradigm to more knowledge and innovation-intensive one has to take into account the regional variation in innovative and economic activity in this middle-sized open economy in order to fine-tune its regional development and innovation policies. Using the firm-level data for manufacturing sector aggregated to NUTS3 regions as well as firm-level data from a unique qualitative survey carried out by the Institute for Development we try to identify the determinants of variation in innovative activity of firms within Poland in order to account for regional differences in particular between metropolitan and non-metropolitan regions. The analysis at aggregated NUTS3 level does not bring satisfactory results. The difference between metropolitan and non-metropolitan regions is statistically insignificant and the overall results are mixed. In the second step, we apply more sophisticated econometric methods controlling for firm-specific, sector-specific and region-specific features as suggested in the literature of the subject identifying the positive effect of location within metropolitan regions on the innovative performance of companies. Furthermore, the results point to the significance of firm-specific, internal, as well as region-specific – factors external to a firm, nonetheless, supporting the notion of regional innovation systems in which firms are embedded.

Keywords: innovation; regional innovation system; regional economic performance; firm-level; logit model; Poisson model; negative binomial model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 O30 R11 R12 R58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 77 pages
Date: 2017-05
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