Economic Geography and the Evolution of Networks
AbstractAn evolutionary perspective on economic geography requires a dynamic understanding of change in networks. This paper explores theories of network evolution for their use in geography and develops the conceptual framework of geographical network trajectories. It specifically assesses how tie selection constitutes the evolutionary process of retention and variation in network structure and how geography affects these mechanisms. Finally, a typology of regional network formations is used to discuss opportunities for innovation in and across regions.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography in its series Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) with number 0704.
Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2007
Date of revision: Apr 2007
evolution; network trajectory; evolutionary economic geography; social network analysis; innovation;
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2007-05-12 (All new papers)
- NEP-CSE-2007-05-12 (Economics of Strategic Management)
- NEP-EVO-2007-05-12 (Evolutionary Economics)
- NEP-GEO-2007-05-12 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-INO-2007-05-12 (Innovation)
- NEP-MIC-2007-05-12 (Microeconomics)
- NEP-NET-2007-05-12 (Network Economics)
- NEP-PKE-2007-05-12 (Post Keynesian Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2007-05-12 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
- NEP-URE-2007-05-12 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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