University Research and the Location of Business R&D

28 Pages Posted: 2 May 2007

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Laura Abramovsky

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

Rupert Harrison

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

Helen Simpson

CMPO; Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

Abstract

We investigate the relationship between the location of private sector R&D labs and university research departments in Great Britain. We combine establishment-level data on R&D activity with information on levels and changes in research quality from the Research Assessment Exercise. The strongest evidence for co-location is for pharmaceuticals R&D, which is disproportionately located near to relevant university research, particularly 5 or 5* rated chemistry departments. This relationship is stronger for foreign-owned labs, consistent with multinationals sourcing technology internationally. We also find some evidence for co-location with lower rated research departments in industries such as machinery and communications equipment.

Suggested Citation

Abramovsky, Laura and Harrison, Rupert and Simpson, Helen, University Research and the Location of Business R&D. Economic Journal, Vol. 117, No. 519, pp. C114-C141, March 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=981047 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2007.02038.x

Laura Abramovsky (Contact Author)

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) ( email )

7 Ridgmount Street
London, WC1E 7AE
United Kingdom

Rupert Harrison

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) ( email )

7 Ridgmount Street
London, WC1E 7AE
United Kingdom

Helen Simpson

CMPO ( email )

University of Bristol
2 Priory Road
Bristol, BS8 ITX
United Kingdom

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) ( email )

7 Ridgmount Street
London, WC1E 7AE
United Kingdom
+44 20 7291 4800 (Phone)
+44 20 7323 4780 (Fax)

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