The Global Innovation Index 2013 - The Local Dynamics of Innovation

The Global Innovation Index 2013 - The Local Dynamics of Innovation

“Innovation policy in Europe is increasingly designed and implemented at the regional level. At the country level, almost 300 innovation-support measures have been identified for the EU Member States; at the regional level, more than 1,000 support measures have been identified in these countries. However, despite some advances, regional data on innovation indicators - which could help regional policy makers design and monitor innovation policies – frequently simply do not exist.” writes Hugo Hollanders from UNU-MERIT (Maastricht University) in the chapter “Measuring Regional Innovation: A European Perspective” of the “The Global Innovation Index 2013 - The Local Dynamics of Innovation”. In the sub-chapter “Diversity in regional innovation performances” Hugo Hollanders explains further: “The results show that most European countries include regions at different levels of performance. The difference between the most and least innovative regions is highest in Finland, Romania, and Spain. There also appears to be a negative correlation between the difference between the most and least innovative region and the country’s average innovation performance. Countries appear to be more innovative when the differences in performance between their regions are smaller.”