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Knowledge Spillovers in Europe: A Patent Citations Analysis

15 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2003  

Per Botolf Maurseth

BI Norwegian Business School - Department of Economics

Bart Verspagen

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE)

Abstract

This paper addresses the pattern of knowledge flows as indicated by patent citations between European regions. Our findings support the hypothesis that there are important barriers to knowledge flows in Europe. Patent citations occur more often between regions which belong to the same country and which are in geographical proximity. Furthermore, patent citations are industry specific and occur most often between regions that are specialised in industrial sectors with specific technological linkages between them. Patent citations are also more frequent when the citing region belongs to the same linguistic group as the cited region.

JEL Classification: O30, O33, R19

Suggested Citation

Maurseth, Per Botolf and Verspagen, Bart, Knowledge Spillovers in Europe: A Patent Citations Analysis. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 104, No. 4, pp. 531-545, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=371854

Per Botolf Maurseth (Contact Author)

BI Norwegian Business School - Department of Economics ( email )

Nydalsveien 37
Oslo, 0484
Norway

Bart Verspagen

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) ( email )

PO Box 513
Eindhoven, 5600 MB
Netherlands

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