The role of regional context on innovation persistency of firms

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This paper analyses the role of regional context on innovation persistency of firms. Using the Community Innovation Survey in Sweden, we have traced firms' innovative behaviour from 2002 to 2012, in terms of four Schumpeterian types of innovation: product, process, organizational, and marketing. Controlling for an extensive set of firm-level characteristics, we find that certain regional characteristics matter for innovation persistency of firms. In particular, those firms located in regions with: (i) thicker labour market or (ii) higher extent of knowledge spillover exhibit higher probability of being persistent innovators up to 14 percentage points. Such higher persistency is mostly pronounced for product innovators.


External organisations
  • RMIT University
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Jönköping International Business School
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Economic Geography


  • Community Innovation Survey, Firms, Innovation, Location, Persistence
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)931-955
JournalPapers in Regional Science
Issue number4
Early online date2017 Sep 29
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch