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The Spatial Distribution of Innovative Activity in U.S. Metropolitan Areas: Evidence from Patent Data

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    Despite the fact that knowledge spillovers have explicitly geographic components, the role of spatial effects in the knowledge spillover process has been ignored. In this context, the objective of this paper is to observe differences in the spatial distribution of innovative activity across U.S. metropolitan areas, and thereby to examine whether the concentration of innovative activity in a metropolitan area is spatially correlated to the concentration of neighboring metropolitan areas’ innovative activity. Based on a data set of patents, this paper presents the recent space-time patterns of metropolitan innovative activity for the period 1990-1999.

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    Article provided by Mid-Continent Regional Science Association in its journal Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy.

    Volume (Year): 33 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
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    1. Pradhan, Jaya Prakash, 2013. "The Geography of Patenting In India: Patterns and Determinants," MPRA Paper 50595, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Garey C. Durden & Patricia E. Gaynor, 2014. "Publishing in The Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy and an Evaluation (via Citation Counts) of JRAP’s Influence on Scholarship in Regional Science," Working Papers 14-07, Department of Economics, Appalachian State University.

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