Regional innovation policies often encourage the formation of R&D consortia between co‐localised small‐ and medium‐ sized firms (SMEs) and large companies, universities or other agents. We investigate the benefits in terms of labour productivity arising for SMEs from alternative configurations of such consortia. We focus on an Italian regional policy. Using a hierarchical Bayesian approach for inference, we find that consortia work better when they are vertical rather than horizontal, and when they match SMEs to large firms. On the contrary, neither the presence of a university nor that of an innovation intermediary is always associated with higher firms’ productivity.

Papers in Regional Science, 2019


Autore: Annalisa Caloffi, Marco Mariani, Alessandra Mattei, Fabrizia Mealli

Dicitura Bibliografica: Regional Science Association International, © 2019