Title: Innovation cooperation in East and West Germany: a study on the regional and technological impact

Authors: Uwe Cantner; Alexander Giebler; Jutta Günther; Maria Kristalova; Andreas Meder

Addresses: Department of Economics and Business Administration, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Carl-Zeiss-Strasse 3, D-07743 Jena, Germany; Department of Marketing and Management, University of Southern Denmark, I2M Group, Campusveij 55, DK-5230 Odense M., Denmark ' Halle Institute for Economic Research, Kleine Märkerstraße 8, D-06108 Halle (Saale), Germany ' Department of Business Studies and Economics, University of Bremen, Hochschulring 4, D-28359 Bremen, Germany; National Research University Higher School of Economics Moscow, Research Laboratory for Economics of Innovations, Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, Moskva, 101000, Russia ' Department of Business Studies and Economics, University of Bremen, Hochschulring 4, D-28359 Bremen, Germany ' Thuringian Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society, Max-Reger-Straße 4-8, D-99096 Erfurt, Germany

Abstract: In this paper, we investigate the impact of regional and technological innovation systems on innovation cooperation. We develop an indicator applicable to regions, which demonstrates the relative regional impact on innovation cooperation. Applying this method to German patent data, we find that regional differences in the degree of innovation cooperation do not only depend on the technology structure of a region but also on specific regional effects. High-tech oriented regions, whether east or west, are not automatically highly cooperative regions. East German regions have experienced a dynamic development of innovation cooperation since re-unification in 1990. Their cooperation intensity remains higher than in West German regions.

Keywords: regional innovation system; technological innovation system; innovation cooperation; Germany.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEE.2018.096360

International Journal of Computational Economics and Econometrics, 2018 Vol.8 No.3/4, pp.242 - 279

Received: 30 Jul 2016
Accepted: 06 Apr 2017

Published online: 25 Nov 2018 *

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