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Network Effects in R&D Partnership Evidence from the European Collaborations in Micro and Nanotechnologies

Corinne Autant-Bernard, Pascal Billand, Christophe Bravard () and Nadine Massard
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Christophe Bravard: CREUSET - Centre de Recherche Economique de l'Université de Saint-Etienne - UJM - Université Jean Monnet - Saint-Étienne

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Abstract: Based on the research projects submitted to the 6th Framework Program of the European Union, this paper studies cooperative networks in micro and nanotechnologies. Our objective is twofold. First, using the statistical tools of the social network analysis, we characterise the structure of the R&D collaborations established between firms. Second, we investigate the determinants of this structure, by analysing the individual choices of cooperation. A binary choice model is used to put forward the existence of network effects alongside other microeconomic determinants of cooperation. Our findings suggest that network effects are present, so that probability of collaboration is influenced by each individual's position within the network. It seems that social distance matters more than geographical distance. We also provide some evidence that similar firms (in terms of research potential) are more likely to collaborate together

Keywords: Network formation; R&D collaboration; Knowledge externalities; nanotechnologies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007-03-22
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Published in DIME - Workshop on "Interdependencies of interactions in local and sectoral innovation systems", Mar 2007, IENA, France

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