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Opening up the 'Jacobs Spillovers' black box: local diversity, creativity and the processes underlying new combinations

Desrochers, Pierre and Leppälä, Samuli 2011. Opening up the 'Jacobs Spillovers' black box: local diversity, creativity and the processes underlying new combinations. Journal of Economic Geography 11 (5) , pp. 843-863. 10.1093/jeg/lbq028

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Abstract

Despite numerous attempts to isolate the respective importance of intra- and inter-industrial localized knowledge spillovers, their underlying processes have remained hidden. This article aims to provide a better theoretical understanding of the nature of inter-industrial or ‘Jacobs spillovers’ through a broad interdisciplinary literature review and additional evidence gained from a qualitative survey of Canadian inventors. The main stylized processes identified are: (i) adding to, switching or adapting specific know-how to other product lines; (ii) observing something and incorporating it in another environment; and (iii) formal or informal collaboration of individuals possessing different skills and backgrounds. Local economic diversity was found to facilitate these processes in several ways.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: knowledge spillovers; Jane Jacobs; local diversity; creativity
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 1468-2702
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:31
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/40382

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