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University research and the location of business R&D

Abramovsky, L.; Harrison, R.; Simpson, H.; (2007) University research and the location of business R&D. (IFS Working Papers W07/02). Institute for Fiscal Studies: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

We investigate the relationship between the location of private sector R&D labs and university research departments in Great Britain. We combine establishment-level data on R&D activity with information on levels and changes in research quality from the Research Assessment Exercise. The strongest evidence for co-location is for pharmaceuticals R&D, which is disproportionately located near to relevant university research, particularly 5 or 5* rated chemistry departments. This relationship is stronger for foreign-owned labs, consistent with multinationals sourcing technology internationally. We also find some evidence for co-location with lower rated research departments in industries such as machinery and communications equipment.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: University research and the location of business R&D
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/browse/type/wp
Language: English
Keywords: JEL classification: O30, R11, R13, I23. Innovation, geography, spillovers, public research
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2654
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