Innovation and regional absorptive capacity: the labour market dimension

Stephen Roper*, James H. Love

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In 2003, Eurostat published an 'experimental' dataset on regional innovation levels derived from the Second Community Innovation Survey. This dataset, part of the European Innovation Scoreboard, also contains a range of regional labour market indicators. In this paper, we report an exploratory analysis of this data, focussing on how the labour market characteristics of regions shape regions' absorptive capacity (RACAP) and their ability to assimilate knowledge from public and externally conducted R&D. In particular, we aim to establish whether labour market aspects of RACAP are more important for innovation in prosperous or lagging regions of the European Union (EU). © Springer-Verlag 2006.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-447
Number of pages11
JournalAnnals of Regional Science
Issue number2
Early online date26 Apr 2006
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006

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  • regional innovation levels
  • Second Community Innovation Survey
  • European Innovation Scoreboard
  • regional labour market indicators


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