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Regional Innovation Effects of Applied Research Institutions


Pfister, Curdin; Rinawi, Miriam; Harhoff, Dietmar; Backes-Gellner, Uschi (2021). Regional Innovation Effects of Applied Research Institutions. Swiss Leading House "Economics of Education" Working Paper 117, University of Zurich.

Abstract

We analyze the effect of applied research institutions on regional innovation activity. Exploiting a policy reform that creates tertiary education institutions conducting applied research, the Universities of Applied Sciences (UASs) in Switzerland, we apply difference-in-differences estimations to investigate the effect on innovation quantity and quality. Findings show a 7.7 to 13 percent increase in regional patenting activity (i.e., quantity), and a 1.3 to 11 percent increase in patent family size, and the number of granted patents, claims, and citations per patent (i.e., quality). Findings are robust to various model specifications, suggesting that applied research taught in UASs boosts regional innovation.

Abstract

We analyze the effect of applied research institutions on regional innovation activity. Exploiting a policy reform that creates tertiary education institutions conducting applied research, the Universities of Applied Sciences (UASs) in Switzerland, we apply difference-in-differences estimations to investigate the effect on innovation quantity and quality. Findings show a 7.7 to 13 percent increase in regional patenting activity (i.e., quantity), and a 1.3 to 11 percent increase in patent family size, and the number of granted patents, claims, and citations per patent (i.e., quality). Findings are robust to various model specifications, suggesting that applied research taught in UASs boosts regional innovation.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:16 April 2021
Deposited On:10 Aug 2018 13:47
Last Modified:18 Mar 2022 09:48
Series Name:Swiss Leading House "Economics of Education" Working Paper
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://repec.business.uzh.ch/RePEc/iso/leadinghouse/0117_lhwpaper.pdf
Related URLs:https://www.zora.uzh.ch/id/eprint/197712/
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:13334

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