Changes in Economic Geography Theory and the Dynamics of Technological Change

  • Riccardo Crescenzi
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This chapter looks at the recent developments in economic geography theory and sets out to shed light on its contribution to the understanding of the dynamics of technological change. The replacement of the linear model with more sophisticated conceptualizations of the process of innovation has made it possible to account for persistent disparities in innovative performance across space and has motivated researchers to incorporate the role of space and places in the analysis of innovation processes. From the physical-metrical approach of geography as distance to the emphasis on specialization and diversification patterns (geography as economic place), institutional-relational factors, nonspatial proximities, and “integrated” frameworks, economic geography theory has substantially evolved in terms of its contribution to the understanding of technological dynamics with significant implications for the rationale, design, and implementation of innovation policies.


Innovation Process Knowledge Spillover Geographical Proximity Innovation Policy Knowledge Flow 
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The author would like to thank Alexander Jaax for his excellent research assistance. Financial support by ESPON 2013-KIT Project is gratefully acknowledged. The author is also grateful to Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Manfred Fisher for comments on earlier drafts of this chapter. The author remains solely responsible for any errors contained in this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.London School of EconomicsLondonUK

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