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Applied Evolutionary Economics and Economic Geography

Edited by Koen Frenken, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Applied Evolutionary Economics and Economic Geography aims to further advance empirical methodologies in evolutionary economics, with a special emphasis on geography and firm location. It does so by bringing together a select group of leading scholars including economists, geographers and sociologists, all of whom share an interest in explaining the uneven distribution of economic activities in space and the historical processes that have produced these patterns.
Extent: 352 pp
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Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 978 1 84542 845 7
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economic Geography
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Evolutionary Economics
  • Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Economics of Innovation
Applied Evolutionary Economics and Economic Geography aims to further advance empirical methodologies in evolutionary economics, with a special emphasis on geography and firm location. It does so by bringing together a select group of leading scholars including economists, geographers and sociologists, all of whom share an interest in explaining the uneven distribution of economic activities in space and the historical processes that have produced these patterns.

Methodological advances in three domains are examined in detail:

• demographic techniques, which allow for systematic analysis of the spatial evolution of industries
• social network analysis providing new tools to analyse the geography of networks at different spatial levels
• spatial econometric techniques, which are used to understand the growth dynamics of cities and regions.

The book also contains two case studies on the evolution of high-tech regions and a policy chapter on evolutionary planning of transportation networks.

This book will be warmly welcomed by evolutionary economists, industrial organisation scholars and researchers interested in policy science, the economics of innovation and economic geography.
‘. . . I recommend the book wholeheartedly to both economics and geography scholars interested in evolutionary economic thinking in a spatial perspective.’
– Robert Hassink, Journal of Regional Science

‘The book contains some valuable insights into the historical development of industries and regions, as well as a theoretically informed exploration of social networks and innovation. . .’
– Simon Turner, Economic Geography Research Group

‘Frenken has edited a volume that provides stimulating and wide-ranging information on the current state of evolutionary and spatial thought areas of economics. Its high standards and the variety of themes and methods that are represented make the volume excellently suited to encourage further reflection on the strengths and weaknesses of evolutionary economics from a geographic perspective, thereby contributing to the adoption of the evolutionary approach in economic geography.’
– Eike W. Schamp, Economic Geography
Contributors: L. Bertolini, D. Birke, A. Bonaccorsi, R.A. Boschma, J. Essletzbichler, L. Fleming, K. Frenken, E. Garnsey, E. Giuliani, P. Heffernan, J. Jacob, S. Klepper, B. Lee, B. Los, M.A. Maggioni, L. Piscitello, M. Quéré, J.W. Rivkin, C. Rossi, W. Sine, O. Sorenson, T.E. Uberti
Contents:

Preface

1. Introduction: Applications of Evolutionary Economic Geography
Ron A. Boschma and Koen Frenken

PART I: ENTREPRENEURSHIP
2. The Cambridge High-Tech Cluster: An Evolutionary Perspective
Elizabeth Garnsey and Paul Heffernan

3. Sophia-Antipolis as a ‘Reverse’ Science Park: From Exogenous to Endogenous Development
Michel Quéré

PART II: INDUSTRIAL DYNAMICS
4. The Evolution of Geographic Structure in New Industries
Steven Klepper

5. Constructing Entrepreneurial Opportunity: Environmental Movements and the Transformation of Regional Regulatory Regimes
Brandon Lee and Wesley Sine

6. Absorptive Capacity and Foreign Spillovers: A Stochastic Frontier Approach
Jojo Jacob and Bart Los

PART III: NETWORK ANALYSIS
7. Informational Complexity and the Flow of Knowledge Across Social Boundaries
Olav Sorenson, Jan W. Rivkin and Lee Fleming

8. Networks and Heterogeneous Performance of Cluster Firms
Elisa Giuliani

9. Social Networks and the Economics of Networks
Daniel Birke

PART IV: SPATIAL SYSTEMS
10. Diversity, Stability and Regional Growth in the United States, 1975–2002
Jürgen Essletzbichler

11. Inter-regional Knowledge Flows in Europe: An Econometric Analysis
Mario A. Maggioni and T. Erika Uberti

12. Explaining the Territorial Adoption of New Technologies: A Spatial Econometric Approach
Andrea Bonaccorsi, Lucia Piscitello and Cristina Rossi

PART V: PLANNING
13. Evolutionary Urban Transportation Planning? An Exploration
Luca Bertolini

Index