The Impact of Regional Conditions on Innovation in Russia

Natalya Smith*, Katerina Thomas

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Regional conditions and innovation in Russia: the impact of foreign direct investment and absorptive capacity. Regional Studies. Using the count of patent applications filed and new technologies developed (as two alternative innovation output metrics), this paper examines the impact of foreign direct investment (FDI) and absorptive capacity on regional innovation across Russia in 1997–2011. After controlling for the effects of human capital, research and development (R&D) expenditures, R&D personnel, economic development and urbanization, the study confirms a significantly positive effect of FDI on innovation. Findings show that although the regions with a higher level of human capital benefited more from FDI-related spillovers, human capital per se affected innovation adversely when absorptive capacity was added to the model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1412-1428
Number of pages17
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number9
Early online date2 Jun 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Jun 2016

Bibliographical note

My research applies theories and concepts related to international business, innovation and entrepreneurship. My research interests include technological learning, innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity. I have a special interest in disruptive technologies currently research the effect of artificial intelligence on different sectors and industries.


  • Innovation
  • Foreign direct investment (FDI
  • Absorptive capacity
  • Russia


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