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Spatial differences in innovation potential of central European regions during posttransformation period

Vol. 10, No 2, 2017

 

Petr Hlaváček

 

Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem,
Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
Email: petr.hlavacek@ujep.cz

 

 

Spatial differences in innovation potential of central European regions during posttransformation period

 

Tomáš Siviček

 

Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem,
Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic

Email: tomas.sivicek@ujep.cz

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract. The article focuses on mapping the innovation potential of the regions in Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland having their own elected institutions, which may influence the development of innovation potential of the regions. The correlation analysis and calculation of the aggregate index were used for comparison of the regions. The research is based on the authors’ own construction of the Innovation Potential Index which uses 6 indicators: a) GDP per capita in EUR, b) the share of inhabitants with university degree in population, c) the share of R&D involved persons per workforce, d) gross fixed capital formation (GFCF) by regions, e) the number of patents and utility models per regions. Better conditions for growing innovation potential can be seen in the metropolitan areas rather than in agricultural and old industrial regions. The main advantage of old industrial regions is that they can improve their innovative potential by transforming the economic potential, which is weak in the peripheral and agrarian regions.

 

Received: December, 2016

1st Revision: January, 2017

Accepted: April, 2017

 

DOI: 10.14254/2071-8330.2017/10-2/4

 

JEL Classification: O31, R11, R58 

Keywords: innovation potential, regions, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia