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Wixe, S. (2018). Neighbourhood related diversity, human capital and firm innovation. Papers in regional science (Print), 97(2), 217-252
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Neighbourhood related diversity, human capital and firm innovation
2018 (English)In: Papers in regional science (Print), ISSN 1056-8190, E-ISSN 1435-5957, Vol. 97, no 2, p. 217-252Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper the importance of neighbourhood related diversity and firm human capital for firms' propensity to innovate is tested. Neighbourhood diversity is treated as a source of localized knowledge spillovers, that is, Jacobs' externalities, where diversity is measured in terms of industries and employee education. The results show that firms in metropolitan regions benefit from related industry diversity while service sector firms in rural regions are more innovative in neighbourhoods with more related diversity in education. Firm characteristics such as education and skills among the employees provide to be strong determinants of firm innovativeness, especially for firms outside metropolitan regions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2018
Keywords
Education, Firm innovation, Human capital, Jacobs' externalities, Related diversity
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34094 (URN)10.1111/pirs.12255 (DOI)000434979700003 ()2-s2.0-84994360387 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2016-11-28 Created: 2016-11-28 Last updated: 2018-07-05Bibliographically approved
Wixe, S., Nilsson, P., Naldi, L. & Westlund, H. (2017). Disentangling innovation in small food firms: The role of external knowledge, support, and collaboration. Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Disentangling innovation in small food firms: The role of external knowledge, support, and collaboration
2017 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper applies unique survey data on innovation and external interaction of small food producers in Sweden.The overall purpose is to test if firms that are more engaged in external interaction are more innovative. To disentangle innovativeness beyond new goods and services, innovation is measured as new processes, new markets, new suppliers, new ways of organization, and new distributors. Findings point to a positive relationship between firm innovation and external interaction, both in terms of collaboration, external knowledge and support from regional actors. In particular, collaboration regarding transports and sales is shown to enhance most types of innovation. Product and process innovation benefit from external knowledge from extra-regional firms as well as regional support from the largest firm. Findings suggest that current innovation policies can improve their efficiency by increasing their flexibility to enable tailor-made innovation policies at the local level.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017. p. 41
Series
CESIS Electronic Working Paper Series ; 446
Keywords
Innovation; collaboration; food industry; rural regions
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34879 (URN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2013-276
Note

This paper has been produced within the EU-RURAGRI project “Towards a smart rural Europe” (TASTE), of which the Swedish part is financed by the research council Formas, grant 2013-276.

Available from: 2017-01-25 Created: 2017-01-25 Last updated: 2019-08-21Bibliographically approved
Wixe, S. & Andersson, M. (2017). Which Types of Relatedness Matter in Regional Growth? Industry, Occupation and Education. Regional studies, 51(4), 523-536
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Which Types of Relatedness Matter in Regional Growth? Industry, Occupation and Education
2017 (English)In: Regional studies, ISSN 0034-3404, E-ISSN 1360-0591, Vol. 51, no 4, p. 523-536Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper provides a conceptual discussion of relatedness, which suggests a focus on individuals as a complement to firms and industries. The empirical relevance of the main arguments is tested by estimating the effects of related and unrelated variety in education and occupation among employees, as well as in industries, on regional growth. The results show that occupational and educational related variety are positively correlated with productivity growth, which supports the conceptual discussion put forth in the paper. In addition, related variety in industries is found to be negative for productivity growth, but positive for employment growth.

Abstract [fr]

Cet article cherche à fournir une base conceptuelle sur laquelle on peut discuter de la connexité, ce qui laisse supposer que l'on met l'accent sur les individus ainsi que sur les entreprises et les industries. On évalue la pertinence empirique des principaux arguments en estimant les effets sur la croissance régionale de la variété connexe et de la variété non-apparentée des salariés dans l’éducation et dans les professions, ainsi que dans les entreprises. Les résultats montrent qu'il existe une corrélation étroite entre la variété connexe dans les professions et l’éducation et la croissance de la productivité, ce qui soutient le débat conceptuel que propose cet article. En plus, la variété connexe dans les industries s'avère négative pour la croissance de la productivité, mais positive quant à la croissance de l'emploi.

Abstract [de]

Dieser Beitrag enthält eine konzeptuelle Erörterung der Verbundenheit, in der eine Konzentration auf Einzelpersonen als Ergänzung von Firmen und Branchen vorgeschlagen wird. Zur Überprüfung der empirischen Relevanz der Hauptargumente wird geschätzt, wie sich verbundene und unverbundene Vielfalt in den Bereichen der Bildung und des Beschäftigungsniveaus von Arbeitnehmern sowie im Bereich der Branchen auf das Regionalwachstum auswirkt. Aus den Ergebnissen geht hervor, dass verbundene Vielfalt in den Bereichen des Beschäftigungsniveaus und der Bildung in einem positiven Zusammenhang mit dem Produktivitätswachstum steht, was die konzeptuelle Erörterung dieses Beitrags unterstützt. Darüber hinaus wirkt sich verbundene Vielfalt im Bereich der Branchen negativ auf das Produktivitätswachstum, aber positiv auf das Beschäftigungswachstum aus.

Abstract [es]

En este artículo aportamos un debate conceptual sobre los vínculos proponiendo un enfoque en las personas como un complemento para las empresas y las industrias. Para comprobar la relevancia empírica de los principales argumentos, calculamos los efectos de la variedad relacionada y no relacionada en educación y ocupación entre los empleados, así como en las industrias, para el crecimiento regional. Los resultados indican que la variedad relacionada de ocupación y educación está positivamente vinculada al crecimiento de la productividad, lo que respalda el debate conceptual presentado en este artículo. Asimismo observamos que la variedad relacionada en las industrias es negativa para el crecimiento de la productividad, pero positiva para el crecimiento del empleo.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2017
Keywords
Relatedness, Variety, Occupation, Education, Regional growth
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-29192 (URN)10.1080/00343404.2015.1112369 (DOI)000396837000002 ()2-s2.0-84953276782 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2009-1192; 2011-80Swedish Research Council, 349200680VINNOVA, 2010-07370
Available from: 2016-01-25 Created: 2016-01-25 Last updated: 2018-01-23Bibliographically approved
Wixe, S., Nilsson, P., Naldi, L. & Westlund, H. (2016). Disentangling innovation in small food firms: The role of external knowledge, support, and collaboration. In: : . Paper presented at Western Regional Science Association 55th Annual Meeting, February, 14-17, 2016, Big Island, Hawaii, USA.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Disentangling innovation in small food firms: The role of external knowledge, support, and collaboration
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34877 (URN)
Conference
Western Regional Science Association 55th Annual Meeting, February, 14-17, 2016, Big Island, Hawaii, USA
Available from: 2017-01-25 Created: 2017-01-25 Last updated: 2019-08-21Bibliographically approved
Wixe, S. (2016). Regional diversity and economic performance. (Doctoral dissertation). Jönköping: Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Regional diversity and economic performance
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis consists of an introductory chapter and four individual papers. In each paper the relationship between some form of spatial diversity and economic performance is analyzed. Diversity is treated as a potential source of externality effects, mainly in the form of knowledge spillovers.

The first paper studies the impact of a broad range of spatial externalities on the productivity of manufacturing plants. While finding positive effects of specialization and competition, there is no support for positive spillovers of either related or unrelated industry diversity. The second paper argues that relatedness should be framed at the level of individuals and consequently should be measured in terms of, for example, education and occupation rather than industry belonging. The results show that educational- and occupational related diversity matter for regional productivity growth, while related industry diversity is positively related to employment growth.

The third paper analyzes the importance of neighborhood related diversity, in terms of both industries and education, and internal human capital for firms’ propensity to innovate. The findings support that education and skills are strongly related to firm innovation. Additionally, firms in metropolitan regions are more innovative in neighborhoods with more related diversity in industries, while firms in rural regions seem to benefit more from related diversity in education. In the fourth paper, the location factor of interest is segregation, which may be regarded as inverse diversity. The results show that neighborhood segregation has a negative effect on individual employment. However, it is not the spatial separation of individuals with different backgrounds that causes lower employment but rather the distress of segregated neighborhoods.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, 2016. p. 48
Series
JIBS Dissertation Series, ISSN 1403-0470 ; 112
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34097 (URN)978-91-86345-71-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-12-16, B1014, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping, 10:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2016-11-28 Created: 2016-11-28 Last updated: 2018-07-03Bibliographically approved
Wixe, S. & Pettersson, L. (2016). Segregation and individual employment: A longitudinal study of neighborhood effects. In: : . Paper presented at 19th Uddevalla Symposium on "Geography, Open Innovation, Diversity and Entrepreneurship", London, United Kingdom, during 30th June – 2nd July, 2016.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Segregation and individual employment: A longitudinal study of neighborhood effects
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we test whether individuals who live in more-segregated neighborhoods have a lower propensity to be employed. We apply an individual fixed effects strategy in order to reduce issues of self-selection and individual heterogeneity. This is possible due to access to full population micro-data, which allows us to follow the same group of individuals between 1990 and 2011. The results show that individuals who live in segregated neighborhoods are less likely to be employed, primarily in metropolitan regions. This effect is mainly driven by males with foreign background. However, it is not spatial separation per se that causes the negative effect on employment but rather the distress of segregated neighborhoods. This indicates that these neighborhoods provide fewer opportunities for labor market integration, which is particularly challenging for already disadvantaged individuals. The results thus have a strong bearing on policy concerning both integration and urban planning.

Keywords
segregation, employment, neighborhood effects, social interaction
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34881 (URN)
Conference
19th Uddevalla Symposium on "Geography, Open Innovation, Diversity and Entrepreneurship", London, United Kingdom, during 30th June – 2nd July, 2016
Available from: 2017-01-25 Created: 2017-01-25 Last updated: 2017-01-25Bibliographically approved
Wixe, S. (2015). Firm knowledge, neighborhood diversity and innovation. In: Irene Bernhard (Ed.), Regional development in an international context: regional, national, cross border and international factors for growth and development: revised papers presented at the 18th Uddevalla Symposium, 11–13 June, 2015, Sønderborg, Denmark. Paper presented at 18th Uddevalla Symposium, "Regional Development in an International Context: Regional, National, Cross Border and International Factors for Growth and Development" 11-13 June, 2015, Sønderborg, Denmark. Trollhättan: University West
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Firm knowledge, neighborhood diversity and innovation
2015 (English)In: Regional development in an international context: regional, national, cross border and international factors for growth and development: revised papers presented at the 18th Uddevalla Symposium, 11–13 June, 2015, Sønderborg, Denmark / [ed] Irene Bernhard, Trollhättan: University West , 2015Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Trollhättan: University West, 2015
Series
Reports / University West, ISSN 1653-7831 ; 2015:2
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34883 (URN)9789187531170 (ISBN)
Conference
18th Uddevalla Symposium, "Regional Development in an International Context: Regional, National, Cross Border and International Factors for Growth and Development" 11-13 June, 2015, Sønderborg, Denmark
Available from: 2017-01-25 Created: 2017-01-25 Last updated: 2017-01-25Bibliographically approved
Karlsson, C., Gråsjö, U. & Wixe, S. (Eds.). (2015). Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy: Knowledge, Technology and Internationalization. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy: Knowledge, Technology and Internationalization
2015 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In recent decades we have been able to witness a veritable revolution in the world economy, with dramatic changes in the competitiveness of nations, regions and companies. The most commonly used term to describe this revolution has been ‘globalization’, even if there is no common definition of this term in the literature. In fact, all definitions of globalization are elusive and elicit criticism (Thurik et al., 2013). Generally, the term is connected with the rapid increase in the free movement of goods, capital, people, ideas, information and knowledge around the globe. The shift of economic activities between regions in different national spheres ranks among the most vigorous changes shaping the economic landscape of today (Dreher et al., 2008). Much of the discussion about globalization has been held at a rather superficial macroeconomic level. Discussions at the meso- and microeconomic level, that is, the level of regions and companies, have been much less common, and many have also been biased in the sense that they have only given a partial picture. One obvious example is that discussions on the role of innovation and entrepreneurship have tended to use a narrow definition of entrepreneurship as the start-up of new companies; as a result they have ignored the high degree of innovation and entrepreneurship within many incumbent companies. This is problematic, since innovation and entrepreneurship, generating new technologies, new products and new production processes, are at the core of economic development and growth (Hall, 1999).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015. p. 352
Series
New Horizons in Regional Science series
Keywords
Business and management, entrepreneurship, economics and finance, economics of entrepreneurship, economics of innovation, regional economics, geography, economic geography, innovation and technology, economics of innovation, urban and regional studies, regional economics
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-28429 (URN)10.4337/9781783477326 (DOI)9781783477319 (ISBN)9781783477326 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-12-02 Created: 2015-12-02 Last updated: 2015-12-02Bibliographically approved
Wixe, S. (2015). The impact of spatial externalities: Skills, education and plant productivity. Regional studies, 49(12), 2053-2069
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The impact of spatial externalities: Skills, education and plant productivity
2015 (English)In: Regional studies, ISSN 0034-3404, E-ISSN 1360-0591, Vol. 49, no 12, p. 2053-2069Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper analyses the role of a broad range of spatial externalities in explaining average labour productivity of Swedish manufacturing plants. The main findings show positive effects from general urbanization economies and labour market matching, as well as a negative effect from within-industry diversity. These results confirm previous research despite methodological differences,which implies wider generalizability. Additionally, the empirical findings support Marshall–Arrow–Romer (MAR) and Porter externalities, i.e. positive effects from specialization and competition. No evidence is found of Jacobs externalities, neither when measured as between-industry diversity nor as within-industry diversity. Finally, plant-specific characteristics play a key role in explaining plant-level productivity.

Keywords
Plant productivity; Spatial externalities; Manufacturing; Sweden
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-26260 (URN)10.1080/00343404.2014.891729 (DOI)000364811900007 ()2-s2.0-84948582550 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2009-1192
Available from: 2015-03-25 Created: 2015-03-25 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
Nilsson, P., Naldi, L., Westlund, H. & Wixe, S. (2015). The influence of related and unrelated variety on firm performance in European urban and rural areas. In: Yvonne von Friedrichs, Hans Westlund, Kiyoshi Kobayashi (Ed.), Social capital and development trends in rural areas: Vol. 10 (pp. 159-178). Jönköping: Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The influence of related and unrelated variety on firm performance in European urban and rural areas
2015 (English)In: Social capital and development trends in rural areas: Vol. 10 / [ed] Yvonne von Friedrichs, Hans Westlund, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Jönköping: Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School , 2015, p. 159-178Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, 2015
National Category
Political Science Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34630 (URN)978-91-86345-64-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-01-09 Created: 2017-01-09 Last updated: 2019-08-21Bibliographically approved
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