The role of science and technology parks in the growth of sales of Portuguese firms

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Júlio Paulo da Silva Martins
María Jesús Rodríguez-Gulías
David Rodeiro-Pazos
Raul Rios-Rodríguez


The role of science and technology parks (STPs) in economic development, and in particular in the growth of the firms, has received considerable attention from government policies in different countries. However, there is no consensus in the literature on whether the location in these parks has positive effects on firms’ sales growth. This paper aims to broaden the discussion on the effects of STPs, providing new empirical evidence. With this purpose, we use a sample of 553 Portuguese companies located in these infrastructures and a control sample of the same size. We use the Propensity Score Matching procedure to match the samples and the analysis is carried out using the Generalized Method of Moments in dynamic panel data. The empirical analysis does not prove any statistically significant effect of the location of the firms in science and technology parks on their growth in sales.


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MARTINS, J. P. da S.; RODRÍGUEZ-GULÍAS, M. J.; RODEIRO-PAZOS, D.; RIOS-RODRÍGUEZ, R. The role of science and technology parks in the growth of sales of Portuguese firms. RAE - Revista de Administracao de Empresas , [S. l.], v. 63, n. 6, p. e2023–0017, 2023. DOI: 10.1590/S0034-759020230601. Disponível em: Acesso em: 20 jul. 2024.


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