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Type Working Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Heterogeneous regional innovation spillovers of universities of applied cciences
Organization Unit
  • Tobias Schlegel
  • Curdin Pfister
  • Dietmar Harhoff
  • Uschi Backes-Gellner
  • English
Institution University of Zurich
Series Name Swiss Leading House Working Paper
Number 161
Number of Pages 41
Date 2019
Abstract Text This paper investigates whether differences in regional economic preconditions lead toheterogeneity of innovation spillovers from newly established universities of applied sci-ences (UASs). Exploiting a quasi-random establishment of UASs in the 1990s in Switzer-land, we analyse the heterogeneity of innovation spillovers from these UASs due to dif-ferences in regional economic preconditions — i.e. economic strength, industry structureand economic density. Our estimations show that stronger and denser regional economiesand regions with high tech intensive industries exhibited significantly more innovationspillovers from new UASs than regions with less favourable economic preconditions. Onepossible explanation are agglomeration effects favouring innovation spillovers. Our re-sults imply that nearby UASs do not have positive effects on innovation per se, a findingthat is of particular interest for policy makers who decide on the location of publicapplied research institutions.
Other Identification Number merlin-id:18208
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