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Universities as engines for regional growth?: Using the synthetic control method to analyze the effects of research universities
Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1189-9950
Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden; Norwegian Social Research (NOVA), Oslo, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7143-8793
FBK-IRVAPP, Trento, Italy.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0307-8041
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. Health Metrics, The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1113-7478
2016 (English)In: Regional Science and Urban Economics, ISSN 0166-0462, E-ISSN 1879-2308, Vol. 60, p. 198-207Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Are research universities important for regional growth and development? We study the impact on the regional economy of granting research university status to three former university colleges in three different regions in Sweden. We analyze the development in the treated regions compared to a set of control regions that are created using the synthetic control method. We find small or no effects on the regional economy. Our findings cast doubt on the effectiveness of research universities in fostering regional growth and development We contribute to the existing research by using a more credible identification strategy in assessing the effects of universities on the regional economy compared to what has usually been used in previous studies.

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Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 60, p. 198-207
Keywords [en]
Higher education, Local economy, Regional development, Research, University
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Economics
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-62612DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2016.07.008ISI: 000385900200017Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84979306945OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-62612DiVA, id: diva2:1157648
Available from: 2017-11-16 Created: 2017-11-16 Last updated: 2017-11-20Bibliographically approved

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