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Invention, Innovation and Regional Growth in Swedish Regions
Lunds universitet.
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Law, Politics and Economics.
2009 (English)In: Uddevalla Symposium 2009. The Geography of Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Revised papers presented at the 12th Uddevalla Symposium, 11-13 June 2009, Bari, Italy / [ed] Iréne Bernhard, Trollhättan: Högskolan Väst , 2009, 449-467 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We explore the link between invention and innovation on the one hand and the level of economic activity and economic growth in Sweden by using patents granted and the quality of patens as our indicators of invention and innovation respectively. Our results indicate that both types of measures are able to explain the level and the changing levelof economic activity equally well. However, an important difference is that the economic activity is affected differently by the two measures. We find that inventions have the strongest marginal effect in regions where economic activity is the highest. Instead, innovations have similar marginal effects across regions with different economic activity. Our interpretation is that quality-adjusted patents sort out "bad" from "good" patents in a manner which reflect economic importance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Trollhättan: Högskolan Väst , 2009. 449-467 p.
Series
Research reports / University West, ISSN 1653-7831 ; 2009:02
Keyword [en]
Patents, quality-adjustment, regions, economic growth, Sweden
National Category
Economics
Research subject
SOCIAL SCIENCE, Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-2615ISBN: 978-91-633-5571-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-2615DiVA: diva2:343202
Conference
The 12th Uddevalla Symposium, 11-13 June 2009, Bari, Italy
Available from: 2010-08-12 Created: 2010-08-12 Last updated: 2015-02-03Bibliographically approved

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