We are grateful to the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce for help with data collection, and particularly to Barbara Barazza for her support and comments. The UIPIE database used for this analysis was created with the support of the project IAMAT co-ordinated by Fondazione Rosselli. Financial support from the European Commission (FP6) Project, NEST-2006-PATH-Cul, CID, Contract no: FP6-043345 is gratefully acknowledged. For very helpful comments that have greatly improved the paper, we are grateful to the participants in the EAEPE conference ‘The economic crisis and the renewal of the European model(s): Revisiting the debate on varieties of capitalism’, Bordeaux, October 28–30, 2010, and to three anonymous reviewers.
Collaboration objectives and the location of the university partner: Evidence from the Piedmont region in Italy†
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2013
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Isabel Maria, B. F., Rossi, F. and Geuna, A. (2013), Collaboration objectives and the location of the university partner: Evidence from the Piedmont region in Italy. Papers in Regional Science. doi: 10.1111/pirs.12054
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Received: 6 JUN 2012
- Fondazione Rosselli
- European Commission (FP6) Project. Grant Number: FP6-043345
- University-industry collaboration;
- knowledge transfer;
- regional economy
This study examines firms' decisions to collaborate with universities in their region as opposed to non-regional universities, focusing on the role of collaboration objectives. Through a survey of a representative sample of manufacturing firms in the Piedmont region (Italy), we find that firms seeking business advice are more likely to collaborate with regional universities while firms seeking R&D support and testing and analysis services are more likely to collaborate with both regional and non-regional universities. The partner university's location is endogenous to the level of investment in the collaboration; and the collaboration objectives provide good instruments. Some implications for regional policy are discussed.