New research briefs explore facets of rural innovation

Smaller and rural businesses innovate in ways that are often missed by traditional measures of innovation and, as a result, little is known about their innovation activity. However, through a funding program administered by the Northeast Center in collaboration with the USDA Economic Research Service, three research teams have broadened our understanding of how rural businesses are innovating and the effects such innovation is having on communities.

With the goal of distilling some of their findings for a general audience, the Northeast Center launched a research-brief series in 2019, and recently added two new briefs to the series:

  • One summarizes a paper published in Industrial and Corporate Change, titled “Sources of innovation and innovation type: firm-level evidence from the United States,” by Mehmet Afik Demircioglu, David B. Audretsch, and Timothy F. Slaper.
  • Another summarizes a paper published in Growth and Change, titled “The impact of external knowledge sourcing on innovation outcomes in rural and urban businesses in the U.S.,” by Kathryn R. Dotzel and Alessandra Faggian.

The first brief in the series, published in 2019, summarizes “Firm and Regional Economic Outcomes Associated with a New, Broad Measure of Business Innovation,” by Brian Whitacre, Devon Meadowcrof, and Roberto Gallardo, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, June 2019, 1–23.

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