Mapping the Geography of R&D: What Can We Learn for Regional Innovation Policy in the Czech Republic and Beyond?

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Abstract: Administrative regions do not necessarily correspond to areas that are homogenous in terms of innovation intensity. Although this has been recognized in the literature, quantitative evidence that explicitly considers this problem is rare. Using spatial exploratory analysis on detailed regional data derived from a census of R&D performers in the Czech Republic, we identify local spatial clusters of R&D activities and assess the extent of their (mis)match with administrative borders. Overall, the results support the arguments for regionalization of innovation policy. However, the existing policy units do not appear well suited for this purpose. On one hand, there is a need for policy coordination between multiple administrative regions. On the other hand, however, there are diverse patterns within them. Similar problems are likely to haunt the regionalization process in many other countries, which is alarming, as the regional accent of innovation policies becomes ever more vehement over time.


  • Martin Srholec
  • Pavla Žížalová
External organisations
  • Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences And Graduate Education Economics Institute (CERGE-EI)
  • Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Research areas and keywords

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  • Economics and Business
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1862-1878
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Planning Studies
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes