The economic impact of public universities in the United Kingdom

Maribel Guerrero, David Urbano, James Cunningham

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Given the complexity of university functions, previous studies have evidenced the economic impact of university teaching, research or entrepreneurial activities by adopting different theoretical approaches and methodologies. However, the natural role of universities in economic development is less well understood than is often presumed. According to the microeconomic foundation of endogenous economic theory, the objective of this exploratory study is to contribute to a better understanding of the regional economic impact of entrepreneurial universities’ activities (teaching, research and entrepreneurial). Our proposed model was tested with a two-stage least square regression weighted by regions using data of 147 UK public universities located in 74 of the 139 NUTS-3 regions of the country. We found the measure of teaching is strongly correlated with economic development, while the correlation between research and entrepreneurship measures is much weaker.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademic Entrepreneurship: Translating Discoveries to the Marketplace
Subtitle of host publicationTranslating Discoveries to the Marketplace
EditorsPhilip H. Phan, Alonzo Decker, Virgina Decker
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781785363443
ISBN (Print)9781785363436
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2016

Publication series

NameThe Johns Hopkins University series on Entrepreneurship
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing


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