University effects on regional innovation

Robin Cowan*, Natalia Zinovyeva

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This paper analyzes empirically whether expansion of a university system affects local industry innovation. We examine how the opening of new university schools in Italy during 1985-2000 affected regional innovation. We find that creation of new schools increased regional innovation activity already within five years. On average, an opening of a new school has led to a seven percent change in the number of patents filed by regional firms. The evidence suggests that the effect is mainly generated by high quality scientific research brought to the region with new schools.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)788-800
Number of pages13
JournalResearch Policy
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Industry-university interaction
  • Publications
  • Regional innovation
  • University research

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