Between spilling over and boiling down: network-mediated spillovers, absorptive capacity and productivity in European regions
Nicola Cortinovis () and
Frank van Oort ()
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Frank van Oort: ESE EUR, IHS EUR, Utrecht University
No 17-118/VI, Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers from Tinbergen Institute
Productivity across European regions is related to three types of networks that mediate R&D-related knowledge spillovers: trade, co-patenting and geographical proximity. Both our panel and instrumental variable estimations for European regions suggest that network relations are crucial sources of R&D spillovers, but with potentially different features. While co-patenting relations appear to affect local productivity directly, regions that link up to innovative leader regions via imports gain in productivity only when they have relatively high levels of human capital and absorptive capacity. From a policy perspective, this may frustrate recent European policy initiatives, such as Smart Specialization, that are designed to benefit all regions in Europe.
Keywords: productivity; economic networks; regions; Europe; trade; knowledge (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R11 R12 O33 O47 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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