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Firm Performance in the Periphery: On the Relation between Firm-Internal Knowledge and Local Knowledge Spillovers

Grillitsch, Markus LU and Nilsson, Magnus LU (2015) In Papers in Innovation Studies 2015(40).
Abstract
This paper challenges one of the fundamental propositions within economic geography; that location in knowledge regions contributes to firm performance in general and especially for knowledge intensive firms that compete on the basis of knowledge. Our analysis of Swedish micro-data on 32,535 firms from 2004-2011 provides evidence that knowledge intensive firms benefit less from local knowledge spillovers than firms with comparably low in-house knowledge. This suggests that firms with high internal competencies can compensate for a lack of local knowledge spillovers and that negative knowledge externalities may make location outside knowledge centers more beneficial for such firms.
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knowledge spillovers, periphery, center, agglomeration, innovation, externalities
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Papers in Innovation Studies
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2015
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40
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39 pages
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CIRCLE, Lund University
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English
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  series       = {Papers in Innovation Studies},
  title        = {Firm Performance in the Periphery: On the Relation between Firm-Internal Knowledge and Local Knowledge Spillovers},
  volume       = {2015},
  year         = {2015},
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