Title: Greek regions and cities in the knowledge economy: the dominance of large cities and their regions

Authors: Maria Markatou

Addresses: Technological Education Institute of Larissa, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 9 Paleologou Street, Larissa 41223, Greece

Abstract: This paper examines the development of new knowledge and the production of innovation across Greek regions and cities towards the establishment of a knowledge economy. We rely on patent data and we try to bring more light into an area that has been little studied in Greece. Our analysis confirms the theoretical and empirical argument of both concentration and importance of large-urban regions and particular cities. Few Greek large cities and some cities related to the metropolitan area of 'Attiki' concentrate most of knowledge creation and innovation production. These regions and cities are also the major economic, industrial and commercial centres, while most of Greeks live there. Our results could be used in the development of both regional policy and management, aiming at strengthening Greek regions and cities and supporting and encouraging knowledge creation and innovation production.

Keywords: cities; Greece; knowledge economy; patents; regional development; innovation; knowledge-based development; knowledge creation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKBD.2012.050091

International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 2012 Vol.3 No.4, pp.351 - 366

Available online: 28 Oct 2012 *

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