Did the internet prevent all invention from moving to one place?

Chris Forman, Avi Goldfarb, Shane Greenstein, 23 May 2014

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Reading the technology press, it often seems as if the media think all high-tech invention happens in Silicon Valley. This parochial viewpoint highlights the ‘agglomeration’ advantages that the Valley provides to inventors because so many technology firms are located in the same place.

Topics: Frontiers of economic research, Productivity and Innovation
Tags: agglomeration, economic geography, information technology, internet, invention, patents, technology

Who benefits from state corporate tax cuts? A local labour markets approach with heterogeneous firms

Owen Zidar, 13 December 2013

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State and local governments have been increasing business location incentives and cutting corporate taxes to attract businesses to their jurisdictions. For instance, Jay Inslee, the Gov. of Washington, recently passed a $9 billion corporate tax package for Boeing to retain its manufacturing base near Seattle. It is the largest corporate tax break any state has ever granted a company.

Topics: Taxation
Tags: economic geography, taxation

Why high-income places manufacture high-quality products

Jonathan Dingel, 21 December 2013

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The well-known Linder hypothesis (1961) posits that profitably exporting a product requires robust demand for that product in the exporter's home market. Since higher-income consumers tend to purchase higher-quality products, Linder conjectured that demand by local consumers causes high-income countries to produce and export high-quality products.

Topics: International trade
Tags: economic geography, quality specialisation, trade

Distance frictions and firm border effects in knowledge creation: Evidence from Japanese patent data

Hiroyasu Inoue, Kentaro Nakajima, Yukiko Umeno Saito, 25 October 2013

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Since 2001 the Japanese government has been implementing an industrial cluster policy – a set of measures to promote the formation of industrial clusters – in an attempt to promote innovation through the geographical proximity of businesses and thereby improve the nation’s competitiveness in the global market.

Topics: Industrial organisation
Tags: economic geography, industry clusters

Anaemia, exuberance, and vulnerability: A post–financial crisis new global economic geography

Ernesto Talvi, Ignacio Munyo, 27 October 2011

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It would not be an overstatement to assert that the global financial crisis has created a ‘new global economic geography’, a new reality that responds to the remarkable fact that the crisis that has crippled advanced economies has also left winners around the globe.

Topics: Global governance, International finance
Tags: economic geography, G20, global crisis

You can raise productivity through R&D, but geography matters a lot

Sergey Lychagin, John Van Reenen, Margaret E Slade, Joris Pinkse, 25 October 2010

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President Obama recently proposed increasing the generosity of the US research and development (R&D) tax credit system and making it a permanent feature of the US tax code. This was justified by the idea that more R&D would lead to growth, not just worldwide but particularly in the US.

But such a bold statement raises some fundamental questions:

Topics: Productivity and Innovation
Tags: agglomeration, economic geography, innovation, productivity and innovation, research and development

Paul Krugman's winning of the Nobel Prize in economics – Contributions to international trade theory

Jota Ishikawa, 31 January 2009

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"Kita--!" ("It's here!" or "It's finally come!")

Topics: International trade
Tags: economic geography, new trade theory, Nobel Prize, Paul Krugman

Is the new economic geography passé?

Marius Brülhart, 7 January 2009

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In his Nobel Prize lecture on December 8, Paul Krugman argued that his core-periphery model of economic geography is in some sense becoming obsolete.

Topics: Development, Productivity and Innovation
Tags: agglomeration, clusters, economic geography, urbanisation

Long-run spatial inequality in France: Evolution and determinants

Pierre-Philippe Combes, Miren Lafourcade, Jacques-François Thisse, Jean-Claude Toutain, 5 December 2008

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This is a very special year for economic geography.

Topics: Europe's nations and regions, Productivity and Innovation
Tags: agglomeration, economic geography, France, spatial inequality

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