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
Externa organisationer
  • Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education – Economics Institute
  • Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Ekonomi och näringsliv
Sidor (från-till)1862-1878
Antal sidor17
TidskriftEuropean Planning Studies
Utgåva nummer9
StatusPublished - 2014
Peer review utfördJa
Externt publiceradJa