Technological Diversification in European Regions: The Role of E-skills
Davide Consoli () and
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Artur Santoalha: TIK Centre, University of Oslo
No 20181009, Working Papers on Innovation Studies from Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo
This paper argues that e-skills, namely capabilities associated with the use and development of digital technologies, enhance regions’ ability to imitate existing knowledge and to create new industrial paths. The empirical analysis focuses on the relationship between e-skills and technological diversification for a panel of European regions for the period 2001-2012. We construct novel indices of regional e-skill endowment distinguishing between basic users, professional users and expert developers of ICTs. The econometric results show that e-skills foster technological diversification dynamics in European regions, and that this effect is particularly strong for less developed regions.
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