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Penetrating the Knowledge Filter in "Rust Belt" Economies

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  • Zoltan Acs

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    (George Mason University; Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena)

  • Lawrence A. Plummer

    (Clemson University)

  • Ryan Sutter

    (George Mason University)

Abstract

A new model of economic growth introduces the knowledge filter between new generic knowledge and economically-useful knowledge. It identifies both the formation of new ventures and the absorptive capacity of incumbent firms as the mechanisms that penetrate the knowledge filter. Recent empirical work has shown that new firms are more proficient at penetrating the knowledge filter than are incumbent firms; however, the analysis has only examined expanding economies and has relied on purely cross-sectional regression methodologies. This study explores the role of new and incumbent firms in penetrating the knowledge filter utilizing recent developments in spatial panel estimation techniques to provide a more robust set of findings. The results suggest that new firms are more proficient at penetrating the knowledge filter in declining and growing regions alike.

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Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2008-018.

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Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Knowledge; Regional Growth; Endogenous Growth;

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  1. Plummer, Lawrence A. & Acs, Zoltan J., 2014. "Localized competition in the knowledge spillover theory of entrepreneurship," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 29(1), pages 121-136.
  2. Niranjan Chipalkatti & Jonathan P. Doh & Meenakshi Rishi, 2011. "Institutional quality, knowledge spillovers and entrepreneurship," International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 4(4), pages 307-329.

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