In this paper, we analyze the extent to which University-Level Support Mechanisms (ULSMs) and Local-Context Support Mechanisms (LCSMs) complement or substitute for each other in fostering the creation of academic spin-offs. Using a sample of 404 companies spun off from the 64 Italian Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics universities (STEM universities) over the 2000-2007 period, we show that the ULSMs' marginal effect on universities' spin-off productivity may be positive or negative depending on the contribution offered by different LCSMs. Specifically, in any given region, ULSMs complement the legislative support offered to high-tech entrepreneurship whereas they have a substitution effect with regard to the amount of regional social capital, regional financial development, the presence of a regional business incubator, regional public R&D expenses as well as the level of innovative performance in the region. Results support the idea that regional settings' idiosyncrasies should be considered for universities to develop effective spin-off support policies. This paper contributes to the debate on the evaluation of economic policies supporting entrepreneurship.

Complements Or Substitutes? The Role Of Universities And Local Context In Supporting The Growth Of Academic Spin-offs / Fini R.; Grimaldi R.; Santoni S.; Sobrero M.. - In: RESEARCH POLICY. - ISSN 0048-7333. - STAMPA. - 40:(2011), pp. 1113-1127. [10.1016/j.respol.2011.05.013]

Complements Or Substitutes? The Role Of Universities And Local Context In Supporting The Growth Of Academic Spin-offs

FINI, RICCARDO;GRIMALDI, ROSA;SANTONI, SIMONE;SOBRERO, MAURIZIO
2011

Abstract

In this paper, we analyze the extent to which University-Level Support Mechanisms (ULSMs) and Local-Context Support Mechanisms (LCSMs) complement or substitute for each other in fostering the creation of academic spin-offs. Using a sample of 404 companies spun off from the 64 Italian Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics universities (STEM universities) over the 2000-2007 period, we show that the ULSMs' marginal effect on universities' spin-off productivity may be positive or negative depending on the contribution offered by different LCSMs. Specifically, in any given region, ULSMs complement the legislative support offered to high-tech entrepreneurship whereas they have a substitution effect with regard to the amount of regional social capital, regional financial development, the presence of a regional business incubator, regional public R&D expenses as well as the level of innovative performance in the region. Results support the idea that regional settings' idiosyncrasies should be considered for universities to develop effective spin-off support policies. This paper contributes to the debate on the evaluation of economic policies supporting entrepreneurship.
2011
Complements Or Substitutes? The Role Of Universities And Local Context In Supporting The Growth Of Academic Spin-offs / Fini R.; Grimaldi R.; Santoni S.; Sobrero M.. - In: RESEARCH POLICY. - ISSN 0048-7333. - STAMPA. - 40:(2011), pp. 1113-1127. [10.1016/j.respol.2011.05.013]
Fini R.; Grimaldi R.; Santoni S.; Sobrero M.
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