Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography

October 11, 2013

# 13.17 The Role of Knowledge Variety and Intensity for Regional Innovative Capability – Swedish evidence

Sam Tavassoli and Nunzia Carbonara


This paper analyses the effect of variety and intensity of knowledge on the innovative capability of regions. Employing data for Swedish functional regions, the paper tests the role of the variety (related and unrelated) and intensity of (i) internal knowledge generated within the region and also (ii) external knowledge networks flowing into the region in explaining regional innovative capability, as measured by patent applications. The empirical analysis provides robust evidence that both the variety and intensity of internal and external knowledge matter for regions’ innovative capability. When it comes to variety, related knowledge variety plays a superior role.


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