Science parks: Seedbeds of innovation? A duration analysis of firms' patenting activity

Mariagrazia Squicciarini

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This article investigates the role of Science Parks (SPs) as seedbeds of innovation. It aims to verify if and to what extent firms’ innovative performance is affected by relocating inside a SP. The analysis is structured in the form of a duration model that holds patenting as a repeated and event-dependent phenomenon and accounts for the persistence of innovative activities and the cumulativeness of knowledge. Estimates are based on a conditional risk-set model. The study relies on an original database regarding Finnish SPs: 252 firms that in the year 2002 were located in the Parks and the firms’ lifetime patenting activity, over a 33-year-period. We find support for the existence of spillovers and for the positive role of incubators over those firms joining SPs when very young.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-190
JournalSmall Business Economics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Duration analysis
  • Innovation
  • Knowledge spillovers
  • Patents
  • Science Parks
  • Seedbeds of innovation


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