Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography

May 10, 2018

# 18.20 Heterogeneous Foreign Direct Investment and Local Innovation in Italian Provinces

Filed under: 2018 — Tags: , , , — T.Broekel @ 12:24 pm

Andrea Ascani & Pierre-Alexandre Balland & Andrea Morrison

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Abstract: Locations all over the world compete to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in order to access knowledge, technology, and boost economic development. Although the literature shows a positive impact of FDI, little is known about (1) its effect on neighbouring regions and (2) which type of FDI generate relevant effects. To fill this gap, we investigate the FDI-innovation relationship in Italian provinces. By adopting the Pavitt taxonomy of manufacturing sectors, we suggest that only specific categories of FDI benefit local economies, whilst other types may produce negative outcomes. The evidence on the spatial implications of FDI remains limited.

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February 3, 2016

# 16.02 Nothing is in the air

Filed under: 2016 — Tags: , , , , , , — mattehartog @ 6:37 pm

Rune Dahl Fitjar and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

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It has often been argued that ‘there is something in the air’ which makes firms in high-density environments – such as cities or clusters – more innovative. The co-location of firms facilitates the emergence of serendipity and casual encounters which promote innovation in firms. We assess this hypothesis using data from a survey of Norwegian firms engaged in innovation partnerships. The results indicate that there may be ‘much less in the air’ than is generally assumed in the literature. The relationships conducive to innovation by Norwegian firms emerged as a consequence of purpose-built searches and had little to do with chance, serendipity, or ‘being there’.

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