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Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 605–629 | Cite as

Path-Dependent Dynamics and Technological Spillovers in the Brazilian Regions

  • Eduardo GonçalvesEmail author
  • Cirlene Maria de Matos
  • Inácio Fernandes de Araújo
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Abstract

This article investigates the influence of path dependence, of spatial spillovers and of production specialization on regional technological specialization. We use patent data and characteristics of industrial activity by Brazilian regions in the period of 2000–2011 to estimate a spatial dynamic panel using the Generalised Method of Moment (GMM) estimator, which deals with unobserved fixed effects and with the endogeneity problem. The results show that the regional production specialization influences technological specialization in Brazilian regions. Furthermore, this article finds that regional technological development is highly path-dependent and characterized by spatial spillovers. The former result means that regional technological development is influenced by its own technological specialization trajectory. The latter shows that the technological specialization of the neighborhood has proved to be a determining factor in local technological specialization. These results may help in the understanding of the development of technological clusters, suggesting that the strategies to reinforce the regional innovation processes should consider the specificities of the regional production pattern.

Keywords

Technological innovation Technological specialization Production specialization Knowledge spillovers Path dependence 

JEL Classification

O31 R11 R12 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of research funding agencies such as the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) and the Minas Gerais State Research Foundation (FAPEMIG). We are also grateful to INPI team by the patent database.

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Conflict of Interest

Cirlene Maria de Matos declares that she has no conflict of interest. Prof. Eduardo Gonçalves has received research grants from FAPEMIG and CNPq. Inácio Fernandes de Araújo Junior declares that he has no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics / Territorial and Sectorial Analysis Laboratory (LATES)Federal University of Juiz de ForaJuiz de ForaBrazil
  2. 2.Instituto de Ciências Sociais Aplicadas (ICSA) da Universidade Federal de Alfenas (UNIFAL-MG)VarginhaBrazil

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