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Technological specialization and variety in regional innovation systems: a view on Austrian regions

The paper “Technological specialization and variety in regional innovation systems: a view on Austrian regions” [a preprint] by Bernd Ebersberger and Florian M. Becke is now published in “Innovation in Complex Social Systems” edited by Petra Ahrweiler.

In this edited volume Petra Ahrweiler ties together a diverse set approaches to illustrate a ‘hard science’ approach to innovation. Natural scientists, computer scientists, mathematicians and social scientists contribute to illustrate cutting-edge methodology in the analysis of innovation complex social systems. The paper “Technological specialization and variety in regional innovation systems” illustrates how patent information can be used to investigate regional patern of technological specialization and their inter-temporal dynamics.

The devil dwells in the tails

The paper “The devil dwells in the tails” by Toke Reichstein, Michael Dahl, Bernd Ebersberger and Morten Jensen  is now published in the Journal of Evolutionary Economics.

This paper explores firm growth rate distribution in a Gibrat’s Law context. It is novel in two respects. First, rather than limiting the analysis to a focus on the conditional mean, we investigate the entire shape of the distribution. Second, we show that differences in the firm growth rate process between large and small firms are highly circumstantial and depend on the industry dynamics. The data used include more than 9,000 Danish manufacturing, services and construction firms. We provide robust evidence indicating that firm growth studies should concentrate less on explaining means and instead focus on other parts of the firm growth rate distribution.