Spillovers in Space: Does Geography Matter?

39 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2010 Last revised: 27 Apr 2015

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Sergey Lychagin

Central European University (CEU)

Joris Pinkse

Pennsylvania State University, College of the Liberal Arts - Department of Economic

Margaret E. Slade

University of Warwick - Department of Economics

John Van Reenen

London School of Economics - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP); Stanford Graduate School of Business; Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: July 2010

Abstract

We simultaneously assess the contributions to productivity of three sources of research and development spillovers: geographic, technology and product-market proximity. To do this, we construct a new measure of geographic proximity that is based on the distribution of a firm's inventor locations rather than its headquarters, and we report both parametric and semiparametric estimates of our geographic- distance functions. We find that: i) Geographic space matters even after conditioning on horizontal and technological spillovers; ii) Technological proximity matters; iii) Product-market proximity is less important; iv) Locations of researchers are more important than headquarters but both have explanatory power; and v) Geographic markets are very local.

Suggested Citation

Lychagin, Sergey and Pinkse, Joris and Slade, Margaret E. and Van Reenen, John Michael, Spillovers in Space: Does Geography Matter? (July 2010). NBER Working Paper No. w16188. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1641565

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