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The determinants of co-inventor tie formation: proximity and network dynamics

  • Lorenzo Cassi


  • Anne Plunket


This paper investigates the determinants of co-inventor tie formation using micro-data on genomic patents from 1990 to 2006 in France. We consider in a single analysis the relational and proximity perspectives that are usually treated separately. In order to do so, we analyse the determinants of network ties that occur within existing components and between two distinct components (i.e. bridging ties). We test the argument that formation of these two different types of ties results from distinct strategies in accessing resources. Doing so, we contrast network and proximity determinants of network formation and we investigate if social network allows economic actors to cross over geographical, technological and organizational boundaries.

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Paper provided by Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography in its series Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) with number 1015.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2010
Date of revision: Nov 2010
Handle: RePEc:egu:wpaper:1015
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