Technological Expansions, Catching-Up Innovations and Technological Shifts at the Regional Level: Conceptual Considerations and Empirical Illustration

Sergey Anokhin, Joakim Wincent, Håkan Ylinenpää

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Anokhin S., Wincent J. and Ylinenpää H. Technological expansions, catching-up innovations and technological shifts at the regional level: conceptual considerations and empirical illustration, Regional Studies. Few techniques can capture different types of regional innovations, despite the importance of distinguishing between the innovation types for practitioners and policy-makers. This paper develops and illustrates a methodology based on data envelopment analysis that could be employed to shed light on this critical issue. Different types of regional innovations are analysed based on a longitudinal analysis of all Swedish counties over a five-year period. The approach can be used to analyse and distinguish between expansion-, catching-up- and shift-based types of regional innovation. Regional innovativeness is shown to be related to the regional levels of entrepreneurial activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1433-1448
Number of pages16
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • Catching-up
  • Data envelopment analysis
  • Expansion
  • Innovation
  • Sweden
  • Technological shift

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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