Chapter 61

Knowledge Spillovers and the Geography of Innovation

DAVID B. AUDRETSCH 1audretsch@mpiew-jena.mpg.de     Max-Planck-Institut für die Erforschung von Wirtschaftssystemen, Germany.

MARYANN P. FELDMAN maryann.feldman@rotman.utoronto.ca     University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

JEL classification: O3, R1

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the geographic dimensions of knowledge spillovers. The starting point comes from the economics of innovation and technological change. This tradition focused on the innovation production function however it was aspatial or insensitive to issues involving location and geography. However, empirical results hinted that knowledge production had a spatial dimension. Armed with a new theoretical understanding ...

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