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Creativity and entrepreneurship: Empirical evidence for Catalonia

Eva Coll Martínez
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Working Papers from Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics

Abstract: In recent years creativity has gained importance because of its potential to generate economic growth based on their role in the innovation processes and economic development. In this regard, this work is twofold. First, it addresses the mechanisms through which creativity promotes knowledge externalities and innovation contributing to regional economic growth and competitiveness. And second, it aims to analyse the role of creativity, diversity and innovation on entrepreneurship at a municipality level for Catalonia. To conduct this analysis, information provided by the Register of Industrial Establishments of Catalonia (REIC) – a register that includes the creation of new establishments located in Catalonia between 2002 and 2007 – , and by the Statistical Institute of Catalonia (IDESCAT) are used. Main results highlight the role of creativity in the spreading of ideas and the creation of new projects encouraging entrepreneurship at local level. However, the role of cultural diversity does not seem to be so relevant in deciding the location of new firms in Catalan municipalities. Finally, intellectual and technological productivity in the municipality (in terms of patents) favours the creation of new firms but only in municipalities closer to technologic and scientific centres. Keywords: creativity, diversity, innovation, entrepreneurship, industrial location JEL codes: O31, M14, O32, L26, O14

Keywords: Innovacions tecnològiques -- Catalunya; Emprenedoria -- Catalunya; Localització industrial -- Catalunya; Creativitat en els negocis -- Catalunya; 332 - Economia regional i territorial. Economia del sòl i de la vivenda (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018
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