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Type: Thesis
Title: Location, Location, Innovation: The Impact of Local Environmental Factors on Regional Innovation in Australia
Author: De Leon, Maverick
Issue Date: 2016
School/Discipline: School of Economics
Abstract: Abstract This paper investigates the determinants of innovation among Australian regions, focusing on the spatial dimension of innovation and innovative-related activities in creating spillover effects. Through `exploratory' and `confirmatory' spatial data analysis we find evidence that innovation activity is spatially dependent, and that there is evidence of spatial clustering of highly innovative regions. Applying spatial econometric techniques, we estimate a Spatial (panel) Durbin Model to control for spatial autocorrelation to analyse the driving forces of innovation throughout regions. We find that the number of university campuses within a region along with university research has a significant and positive effect on local levels of innovation. In terms of spillover effects, we find that population density creates a negative indirect effect; where neighbouring region's population density adversely impacts innovation levels.
Dissertation Note: Thesis (B.Ec.(Hons)) -- University of Adelaide, School of Economics, 2017
Keywords: Honours; Economics
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