Measuring the Knowledge Base of an Economy in terms of Relations among `Technology, Organization, and Territory'

W.A. Dolfsma, L. Leydesdorff*, G. van der Panne

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Can the knowledge base of an economy be measured? in this study, we combine the perspective of regional economics on the interrelationships among technology, organization, and territory with the triple-helix model, and offer the mutual information in three dimensions as an indicator of the configuration. When this probabilistic entropy is negative, the configuration reduces the uncertainty that prevails at the systems level. Data about more than a million dutch companies are used for testing the indicator. The data contain postal codes (geography), sector codes (proxy for technology), and firm sizes in terms of number of employees (proxy for organization). The configurations are mapped at three levels: national (nuts-1), provincial (nuts-2), and regional (nuts-3). The levels are cross-tabled with the knowledge-intensive sectors and services. The results suggest that medium-tech sectors contribute to the knowledge base of an economy more than high-tech ones. Knowledge-intensive services have an uncoupling effect, but less so at the high-tech end of these services.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-199
JournalResearch Policy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006

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