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Department of Industrial Economics, Blekinge Institute of Technology Working Papers

No 2013/01:
The Role of Knowledge Variety and Intensity for Regional Innovative Capability

Sam Tavassoli () and Nunzia Carbonara ()

Abstract: 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 regionsí innovative capability. When it comes to variety, related knowledge variety plays a superior role.

Keywords: Knowledge intensity; Knowledge variety; Related variety; Unrelated variety; Internal knowledge; External knowledge; Patent applications; Functional regions; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: F14; O32; R12; (follow links to similar papers)

29 pages, December 3, 2013

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