Productivity gaps among european regions

C. Cozza, R. Ortega-Argilés, Mariacristina Piva, Rui Baptista

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How is the R&D-productivity link affected by the environment where firms locate? Are companies located with their registered offices in more R&D favorable environments better able to translate their R&D knowledge into productivity gains? Our paper tries to answer these questions analyzing - in the European context - if R&D performing companies cluster themselves in “higher-order R&D regions”, as the Economic Geography theories postulate, inducing a polarisation in terms of labour productivity in comparison with firms located in “lower-order R&D regions”. The proposed microeconometric estimates are based on a unique longitudinal database of publicly-traded companies belonging to manufacturing and service sectors. The final unbalanced sample comprises 626 European companies for a total of 3,431observations, covering the period 1990-2008. Results show that European “higher-order R&D regions” not only invest more in R&D, but also achieve more in terms of productivity gains from their own research activities. Results also show that in the case of “lower-order R&D regions”, physical capital stock is still playing a dominant role.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnology Transfer in a Global Economy
EditorsDavid B. Audretsch, Erik E. Lehmann, Albert N. Link, Alexander Starnecker
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781461461029
ISBN (Print)9781461461012, 9781489992086
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

Publication series

NameInternational Studies in Entrepreneurship


  • Gross Domestic Product
  • Labour Productivity
  • Total Factor Productivity
  • Physical Capital
  • Firm Productivity


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