OECD Regional Development Working Papers

ISSN :
2073-7009 (online)
DOI :
10.1787/20737009
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Working papers from the Regional Development Policy Division of the OECD cover a full range of topics including regional statistics and analysis, urban governance and economics, rural governance and economics, and multi-level governance. Depending on the programme of work, the papers can cover specific topics such as regional innovation and networks, the determinants of regional growth or fiscal consolidation at the sub-national level.
 

Categorisation of OECD Regions Using Innovation-Related Variables You or your institution have access to this content

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Author(s):
Giulia Ajmone Marsan1, Karen Maguire1
Author Affiliations
  • 1: OECD, France

Publication Date
01 July 2011
Bibliographic information
No:
2011/03
Pages
51
DOI
10.1787/5kg8bf42qv7k-en

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National policy makers have shown a growing interest in the regional dimension of innovation processes, and regional policy makers are seeking to promote their own competitiveness by supporting innovation. To advance the OECD quantitative research on regions and innovation, a categorisation of regions was developed using socio-demographic, economic, and innovation-related variables. Many different categorisations are possible depending on the purpose of the peer group comparisons. This categorisation was developed with the main goal of highlighting the diversity of regional profiles across OECD regions. Similar types of analysis have been performed with regions of the European Union. This analysis identifies eight groups of regions based on the similarity of their performance on the 12 variables used in the statistical cluster analysis. These eight groups were then classified into three macro categories based on relevance for policy recommendations. Possibilities for further research to develop different forms of regional peer groupings are discussed.
Keywords:
regional competitiveness, regional innovation strategies, innovation policy, cluster analysis, economic development, regional development
JEL Classification:
  • D2: Microeconomics / Production and Organizations
  • L2: Industrial Organization / Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior
  • O2: Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth / Development Planning and Policy
  • O31: Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth / Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights / Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
  • O32: Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth / Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights / Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
  • R3: Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics / Real Estate Markets, Production Analysis, and Firm Location
  • R5: Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics / Regional Government Analysis