Inventive and Uninventive Clusters: The Case of Canadian Biotechnology

46 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2008

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Aharonson Barak S.

Tel-Aviv University

Joel A. C. Baum

University of Toronto - Joseph L. Rotman School of Management

Anne Plunket

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

We examine factors influencing the relative productivity of different geographic locations. Our analysis of the Canadian biotechnology industry during the 1990s reveals that inventive and uninventive locations are distinguishable within small geographic areas corresponding to roughly 7,000 postal addresses. Inventive locations exhibit greater resource scale and technological focus, as well as greater emphasis on R&D investment and public and private collaboration. Comparison of inventive locations across three major metropolitan areas - Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal - indicates, however, that inventive locations vary in their emphasis on technological scale and focus relative to collaboration, and thus that location advantages can develop in distinctive ways.

Keywords: industrial clustering, patenting, biotechnology, alliances

JEL Classification: M13, R12, L16

Suggested Citation

S., Aharonson Barak and Baum, Joel A.C. and Plunket, Anne, Inventive and Uninventive Clusters: The Case of Canadian Biotechnology. Research Policy, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1122342

Aharonson Barak S.

Tel-Aviv University ( email )

Tel Aviv
Israel

Joel A.C. Baum (Contact Author)

University of Toronto - Joseph L. Rotman School of Management ( email )

University of Toronto
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Toronto, ON, M5S 3E6
Canada
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Anne Plunket

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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