Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography

May 5, 2013

# 13.08 Path dependence, place dependence, and the evolution of a patchwork economy: Evidence from Western Australia, 1981-2008

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Paul Plummer, Matthew Tonts


This paper contributes to debates about that application and relevance of evolutionary concepts in the analysis of regional economies. In particular, we address the propostion that geography and history matter in shaping regional economic development by drawing on the concepts and methodology of dynamic econometrics, offering an analysis of Western Australia, 1981-2008. More specifically we test for path and place dependence using data on incomes  per capita for regions within the State. The results provide evidence of both path and place dependence, although indicate that there is a degree of heterogeneity in how places are evolving and responding to shocks.


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