KTH/CESIS Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation
Sectoral Knowledge Production in Swedish Regions 1993-1999
() and Olof Ejermo
Abstract: This paper attempts to explain knowledge production in
Swedish functional regions as measured by the number of patent
applications. Recognizing that technological opportunity differs across
sectors, a sectoral analysis is conducted. The Knowledge Production
Function (KPF) approach is applied in order to relate patent applications
to a number of relevant knowledge sources. The empirical analysis makes use
of an aggregate KPF for each sector and region. In the interpretation of
the results, the recent critique of KPF approaches is recognized. The stock
of patent applications is included as an explanatory variable in the
analysis. The results show that the patent stock of a region contains much
of the information needed in order to explain current patenting activity.
This is interpreted as suggesting strong effects of path dependence.
Keywords: Accessibility; private and university R&D; patents; spillovers; Sweden; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: H41; O33; R11; (follow links to similar papers)
26 pages, May 6, 2004
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