The impact of science and technology parks on firms’ product innovation: empirical evidence from Spain

Research paper by Ángela Rocío Vásquez-Urriago, Andrés Barge-Gil, Aurelia Modrego Rico, Evita Paraskevopoulou

Indexed on: 23 Jan '14Published on: 23 Jan '14Published in: Journal of Evolutionary Economics


Science and Technology Parks (STP) have attracted considerable attention and public funds in recent years. However, the conclusions on their effectiveness remain mixed. This work evaluates the impact of STP on firm product innovation in the Spanish context, as an example of a less developed innovation system in which regional and national governments are prioritizing STP initiatives. This work draws on a large sample of firms provided by the Spanish Survey on Technological Innovation that is conducted annually by the National Statistical Institute. We explore alternative econometric methods to obtain average treatment effects for firms located in 22 Spanish STPs. Our results show that Spanish STPs have a strong and positive impact on the probability and amount of product innovation achieved by STP located firms. These results hold when the endogeneity of STP location is taken into account.