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Bringing History into Evolutionary Economic Geography for a Better Understanding of Evolution


  • Zhigao Liu



The paper tries to construct the historical methodology for evolutionary economic geography. I elevate history to the methodological foundation of evolutionary economic geography, on which concrete research methods should be based. I explore how to evolution in economic geography by placing history in historical time and historical contexts. Accordingly, the concepts of path creation and path dependence should be used together in historical study. More important, the concept of path interdependence, which stresses the importance of the circumstances under which different processes and events are likely to occur, opens a new window on the temporal aspects of the world.

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  • Zhigao Liu, 2009. "Bringing History into Evolutionary Economic Geography for a Better Understanding of Evolution," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 0901, Utrecht University, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Group Economic Geography, revised Jan 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:egu:wpaper:0901

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    1. Christine Liefooghe, 2011. "The creative Economy and the dynamics of regional systems : an evolutionary perspective," ERSA conference papers ersa10p1040, European Regional Science Association.

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