New publication on clusters, R&D subsidies, and knowledge networks

My paper, „Another cluster premium: Innovation subsidies and R&D collaboration networks“, has been published in Research Policy. The paper is co-authored by Dirk Fornahl (University of Bremen) and Andrea Morrison (Utrecht University). It can be downloaded here.


This paper investigates the allocation of R&D subsidies with a focus on the granting success of firms located in clusters. On this basis it is evaluated whether firms in these clusters are differently embedded into networks of subsidized R&D collaboration than firms located elsewhere. The theoretical arguments are empirically tested using the example of the German biotechnology firms’ participation in the 6th EU-Framework Programmes and national R&D subsidization schemes in the early 2000s.

We show that clusters grant firms another premium to their location, as they are more likely to receive funds from the EU-Framework Programmes and hold more favorable positions in national knowledge networks based on subsidies for joint R&D.


Presentation in Kassel


The series of presentations continued. Wednesday I was invited for a presentation in the „Volkswirtschaftliches Forschungskolloquium SS 2014“ at the Institute of Economics, University of Kassel, Germany. The topic of the 45 minutes presentation was „R&D policy and networks of subsidized R&D collaboration“.


New publication

New paper has been published: Tom Broekel, Pierre-Alexandre Balland, Martijn Burger, Frank van Oort (2014) Modeling knowledge networks in economic geography: a discussion of four methods. Annals of Regional Science, DOI:DOI: 10.1007/s00168-014-0616-2

Abstract: The importance of network structures for the transmission of knowledge and the diffusion of technological change has been recently emphasized in economic geography. Since network structures drive the innovative and economic performance of actors in regional contexts, it is crucial to explain how networks form and evolve over time and how they facilitate inter-organizational learning and knowledge transfer. Continue reading