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The dynamics of knowledge diversity and economic growth

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  • Berliant, Marcus
  • Fujita, Masahisa

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How is long run economic growth related to the endogenous diversity of knowledge? We formulate and study a microeconomic model of knowledge creation, through the interactions among a group of heterogeneous R & D workers, embedded in a growth model to address this question. In contrast with the traditional literature, in our model the composition of the research work force in terms of knowledge heterogeneity matters, in addition to its size, in determining the production of new knowledge. Moreover, the heterogeneity of the work force is endogenous. Income to these workers accrues as patent income, whereas transmission of newly created knowledge to all such workers occurs due to public transmission of patent information. Knowledge in common is required for communication, but differential knowledge is useful to bring originality to the endeavor. Whether or not the system reaches the most productive state depends on the strength of the public knowledge transmission technology. Equilibrium paths are found analytically. Long run economic growth is positively related to both the effectiveness of pairwise R & D worker interaction and to the effectiveness of public knowledge transmission.

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Keywords: knowledge creation; knowledge externalities; microfoundations of endogenous growth; knowledge diversity and growth;

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  1. Berliant, Marcus & Fujita, Masahisa, 2012. "Culture and diversity in knowledge creation," MPRA Paper 36996, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Max Nathan, 2011. "Ethnic Inventors, Diversity and Innovation in the UK: Evidence from Patents Microdata," SERC Discussion Papers, Spatial Economics Research Centre, LSE 0092, Spatial Economics Research Centre, LSE.
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  10. Ryusuke Ihara, 2011. "Agglomeration with the pros and cons of labor heterogeneity," ERSA conference papers ersa11p528, European Regional Science Association.

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