Science Parks' tenants versus out-of-Park firms: Who innovates more? A duration model

Mariagrazia Squicciarini

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We study the successfulness of Science Parks (SPs) as seedbeds of innovation. We investigate whether SPs enhance the innovative output of their tenants and if tenants outperform comparable outside-SPs firms. We rely on original matching datasets regarding in- and out-SP Finnish firms and their patenting activity over 1970–2002. We estimate and compare the ‘before-versus-after’ hazard rates of patenting of both samples. The results suggest that, given the existence of a common tendency to slow down the pace at which all firms patent during their life cycle, Park tenants exhibit a comparatively better performance. Results are robust to various model specifications and to Wald tests performed over the pooled samples.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-71
JournalJournal of Technology Transfer
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed



  • Science Parks
  • Survival analysis
  • Matching sample
  • Patents
  • Innovation

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