Technical Report Innovation and collaboration patterns between research establishments

Inoue, Hiroyasu  ,  Nakajima, Kentaro  ,  Saito, Yukiko Umeno

2016-03 , Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University
This study empirically investigates the determinants of the productivity of knowledge creation by collaboration. By using the Japanese patent database, we extracted establishment-level patent co-invention information, and found the following results. First, we find an inverse U-shaped pattern in the relationship between the similarity of knowledge stocks and the quality of patents. That is, moderate diversity in knowledge stocks between establishments rather than extreme similarity or extreme diversity is important for knowledge creation. Second, focusing on the differences in technology class, we find inverse U-shaped pattern only in the high-technology class. This implies that the common knowledge between establishments is important in the invention of high technology patents. Third, we find that the physical distance between collaborating establishments has a negative effect on the quality of patents.
基盤研究(S) = Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S)

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