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SCIFI-GLOW lunchtime meeting Print
Tuesday, 22 November 2011, 12:00 - 14:30

Geographic and technological R&D spillovers and firms’ productivity performance

Registration 12:00

Presentation and Discussion 12:15-13:30

Lunch 13:30-14:00

Knowledge originating in a particular country or region increasingly transcends its national boundaries and contributes to the productivity growth of other geographic areas.

Professor Cincera’s paper aims at assessing the magnitude of R&D spillover effects on large international R&D companies’ productivity growth, and proposes policy implications based on his findings.

In particular, he investigates the extent to which R&D spillover effects are intensified by both geographic and technological proximities between spillover-generating and -receiving firms, by controlling for the firm’s ability to identify, assimilate and absorb the external knowledge stock. The empirical findings of his paper indicate a positive and significant impact of both types of R&D spillovers and of absorptive capacity on firms’ productivity performance.

If you are interested in attending, please register online at by Friday 18 November at the latest.  Should you require any further information about this event, please contact: Rachel Aveyard, CEPR’s Meetings Assistant at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or +44 (0)207 183 8817.

Michele Cincera is Professor in Economics at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Université Libre de Bruxelles.

His research interests embrace the quantitative assessment at the micro-level of innovative activities, their determinants and their socio-economic impacts, the analysis of National Innovation Systems, and the development of new Science & Technology indicators.

Reinhilde Veugelers is professor of Managerial Economics, Strategy and Innovation at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

With her research concentrated in the fields of industrial organisation, international economics and strategy and innovation, she has authored numerous publications on multinationals, R&D cooperation and alliances, industry-science links and market integration in leading international journals.

From 2004-2008, she was on academic leave, as advisor at the European Commission (BEPA). She is currently a Senior Fellow at Bruegel, a CEPR Research Fellow and a member of Commissioner Potocnik’s Knowledge for Growth expert group.

Location: ULB SBS-EM 42, av. Roosevelt 1050 Brussels - ground floor
Contact: Nancy De Munck, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Participation is free. Sandwiches will be offered to the participants after the talk.