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Fulvio Castellacci, Davide Consoli, Artur Santoalha

This paper argues that e-skills – capabilities associated with the use and development of digital technologies – enhance regions’ ability to draw on existing know-how and create new industrial paths. The empirical analysis focuses on the relationship between e-skills and technological diversification for a panel of European regions in the period 2000–12. It constructs novel indices of regional e-skill endowment distinguishing between basic users, professional users and expert developers of information and communication technologies. The econometric results show that e-skills foster technological diversification dynamics in European regions, and that this effect is particularly strong for less-developed regions, and for low levels of relatedness.

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Year of publication 2020
Journal Regional Studies
DOI 10.1080/00343404.2019.1681585
Reference Fulvio Castellacci, Davide Consoli, Artur Santoalha (), . Regional Studies, 54, p. 1123