This edited volume describes the spatial diffusion of knowledge and innovation using a large dataset at the regional level, and presents scientific evidence on the role of knowledge and innovation on regional development. The empirical results support a new design for innovation policies at the regional level, which could help the European Union to achieve the targets set up in its 2020 Agenda.
Today, financial capital, general information, consolidated technologies and codified knowledge are readily available virtually everywhere. However, the ability to organize these ‘pervasive’ factors into continuously innovative production processes and products is by no means pervasive and generalized; rather, it exists selectively only in some places where tacit knowledge is continuously created, exchanged and utilized and business ideas find their way to real markets.
Territorial Patterns of Innovation provides evidence that, contrary to popular belief, local knowledge intensity does not necessarily guarantee higher innovation performance. Moreover, the book shows that the growth benefits deriving from innovation do not necessarily match the strength of the formal local knowledge base, and that regions innovating in the absence of a strong local knowledge base can be as successful as more knowledge-intensive regions in turning innovation into a higher growth rate. Together, the contributions in this book offer a new understanding of the relationship between knowledge, innovation and regional performance by delving beyond generally held beliefs. It will be of value to regional scientists, industrial economists and policymakers.
Table of Contents
1. An Inquiry on the Regional Dimension of the Knowledge Economy: Aims and novelties of the book Roberta Capello and Camilla Lenzi Part I: Measuring the Territorial Dimension of Knowledge and Innovation in Europe 2. Technologically Advanced Regions Roberta Capello and Andrea Caragliu 3. Scientific Regions Alessandra Colombelli, Marta Foddi and Raffaele Paci 4. Knowledge Networking Regions Ernest Miguélez, Rosina Moreno and Jordi Suriñach 5. The Knowledge-Innovation Nexus in European Regions Roberta Capello and Camilla Lenzi Part II: Territorial Patterns of Innovation and Regional Dynamics in Europe 6. Territorial Patterns of Innovation Roberta Capello 7. Territorial Patterns of Innovation: Evidence from European regions Roberta Capello and Camilla Lenzi 8. Knowledge, Human Capital and Regional Performance Marta Foddi, Emanuela Marrocu, Raffaele Paci and Stefano Usai 9. Knowledge Flows and Regional Knowledge Creation Ernest Miguélez, Rosina Moreno and Jordi Suriñach 10. Knowledge, Innovation and Economic Efficiency Across Territorial Patterns of Innovation Roberta Capello and Camilla Lenzi 11. Regional Knowledge Creation in China, India and the US: Lessons for European regions Riccardo Crescenzi and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose Part III: Innovation Policy Implications 12. Towards a Conclusion: Smart innovation policies Roberto Camagni and Roberta Capello
Roberta Capello is Professor in Regional and Urban Economics at the Polytechnic of Milan.
Camilla Lenzi is Assistant Professor of Regional and Urban Economics at the Polytechnic of Milan.