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Innovating not Only in Cities: Evidence from SMEs

Abstract : This article discusses the role played by location of small and medium-sized firms on their propensity to innovate. The research adopts a broad definition of innovation and sets the hypothesis that SMEs' propensity to innovate is not higher in large urban areas than in rural ones. Moreover, reducing SMEs' location to their head office tends to overestimate urban areas' innovativeness. Following the administration of an original regional survey, econometric tests are run on a representative sample of 1,253 SMEs in the French Brittany region, completed by location data proposed by the French National Institute of Statistics (Insee). The results confirm that firms located in the largest urban areas of the region are not more innovative that those located in the most isolated areas. They also partially validate the hypothesis that measuring the firms' location using the location of the head offices leads to overestimate the innovativeness of largest urban areas compared to less urbanized one.
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François Deltour, Sébastien Le Gall, Virginie Lethiais. Innovating not Only in Cities: Evidence from SMEs. Canadian journal of regional science, 2017, 40 (3), pp.213-223. ⟨hal-01758281⟩



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