Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography

October 21, 2010

#10.11 An investigation of the relation between cooperation and the innovative success of German regions

Tom Broekel and Matthias Buerger and Thomas Brenner

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Concepts like regional innovation systems, innovative milieu, and learning regions emphasize the positive contribution of intra-regional cooperation to firms’ innovation performance. Despite substantial numbers of case studies, the quantitative empirical evidence for this claim is thin. Using data on the co-application and co-invention of patents for 270 German labor market regions the study shows that intra-regional cooperation intensity and regional innovation efficiency are associated. In contrast to the negative influence of inter-regional cooperation, medium levels of intra-regional cooperation stimulate regional innovation efficiency.

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