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Endogenous space in the Net era

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  • E. Fabio Arcangeli

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  • Giorgio Padrin

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Libre Software communities are among the most interesting and advanced socio-economic laboratories on the Net. In terms of directions of Regional Science research, this paper addresses a simple question: “Is the socio-economics of digital nets out of scope for Regional Science, or might the latter expand to a cybergeography of digitally enhanced territories ?” As for most simple questions, answers are neither so obvious nor easy. The authors start drafting one in a positive sense, focussing upon a file rouge running across the paper: endogenous spaces woven by socio-economic processes. The drafted answer declines on an Evolutionary Location Theory formulation, together with two computational modelling views. Keywords: Complex networks, Computational modelling, Economics of Internet, Endogenous spaces, Evolutionary location theory, Free or Libre Software, Path dependence, Positionality.

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  • E. Fabio Arcangeli & Giorgio Padrin, 2004. "Endogenous space in the Net era," ERSA conference papers ersa04p438, European Regional Science Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwrsa:ersa04p438
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