The impact of science and technology parks on firms' product innovation: empirical evidence from Spain Articles uri icon


publication date

  • September 2014

start page

  • 835

end page

  • 873


  • 4


  • 24

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0936-9937

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1432-1386


  • Science and Technology Parks (STP) have attracted considerable attention and public funds in recent years. However, the conclusions on their effectiveness remain mixed. This work evaluates the impact of STP on firm product innovation in the Spanish context, as an example of a less developed innovation system in which regional and national governments are prioritizing STP initiatives. This work draws on a large sample of firms provided by the Spanish Survey on Technological Innovation that is conducted annually by the National Statistical Institute. We explore alternative econometric methods to obtain average treatment effects for firms located in 22 Spanish STPs. Our results show that Spanish STPs have a strong and positive impact on the probability and amount of product innovation achieved by STP located firms. These results hold when the endogeneity of STP location is taken into account.


  • science and technology parks; product innovation; treatment effects; regional development policies; university-research parks; high-tech; development cooperation; instrumental variables; performance; knowledge; industry; location; strategy; networks