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How do universities contribute to employment growth?: The role of human capital and knowledge bases
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
2014 (English)In: European Planning Studies, ISSN 0965-4313, E-ISSN 1469-5944, Vol. 22, no 12, 2584-2604 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of this paper is to analyze whether employment growth is faster in regions housing a university compared to non-university regions. We argue that universities per se are less likely to trigger externalities that facilitate employment growth. Instead we propose that it depends on the concentration of different skills in that particular region. This is analyzed by running a number of OLS regressions, based on official data on municipal level from Statistics Sweden, on how concentrations of human capital, analytic-, synthetic- and symbolic- knowledge bases in Swedish university regions influence employment growth 2002-2008. The results indicate that presence of universities per se do not influence employment growth. However, the findings suggest that university regions with high concentrations of human capital and, in particular, with employees characterized by the synthetic knowledge base, show higher growth rates. This implies that the influence of universities on employment is greatest in regions with high concentrations of skills able to apply the knowledge created in universities. Consequently, the regional composition of skills needs to match the knowledge produced by universities for significant university-induced spillovers to occur. 

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Taylor & Francis, 2014. Vol. 22, no 12, 2584-2604 p.
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Employment growth, universities, human capital, knowledge bases, agglomeration
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Economic Geography Human Geography
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Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-80715DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2013.849227ISI: 000343313000010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84887096403OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-80715DiVA: diva2:651189
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