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Innovation and territory: analysis of factors affecting innovation in Brazil

Grant number: 13/21348-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2014
Effective date (End): September 30, 2016
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Economics - Industrial Economics
Principal Investigator:Renato de Castro Garcia
Grantee:Suelene Mascarini de Souza Romero
Host Institution: Escola Politécnica (EP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This research aims to evaluate empirically, through the application of the knowledge production function, as some locational factors affect the ability of firms to innovate in Brazil. The main assumption of this work is that the factors related to location can play an important role in fostering innovation. Thus, innovative results of firms are linked to the quantity and quality of their innovative inputs and also the characteristics of the regions in which it operates. Therefore, emphasis is placed on the spatial agglomeration of producers and supporting institutions that are able to confer positive externalities such as knowledge spillovers. These externalities contribute and encourage innovative efforts. However, they tend to lose their importance as they increase the geographical distances. Furthermore, we emphasize the characteristics of the local productive structure, under the assumption that innovative differential may be related to the structural characteristics of the local productive configurations. In addition, the importance of local human capital, or the ability of the human resources available to the firm at the place where it belongs. (AU)

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MASCARINI, SUELENE; GARCIA, RENATO; QUATRARO, FRANCESCO. Local knowledge spillovers and the effects of related and unrelated variety on the novelty of innovation. REGIONAL STUDIES, v. N/A, p. 15-pg., . (13/21348-5)
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ROMERO, Suelene Mascarini de Souza. Innovation and territory: analysis of the local factors affecting innovation in Brazil.. 2016. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Escola Politécnica (EP/BC) São Paulo.

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