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Names, diversity and innovation

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  • Kremer, Anna

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Diversity of a country is often measured by the amount and spread of nationalities that live there. But also within a country, regions vary in their traditions and culture. Cultural homogeneity within communities is mixed up by (internal) migration, that, like international migration, increases diversity of a place. In a novel approach I therefore look at diversity in German municipality associations measured by different family names and investigate the effect it has on the number of generated patents. I show that cultural diversity and openness of a place affect its economic performance positively in terms of innovation also when referring to intra-country differences.

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  • Kremer, Anna, 2021. "Names, diversity and innovation," CEPIE Working Papers 03/21, Technische Universität Dresden, Center of Public and International Economics (CEPIE).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:tudcep:0321
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    1. Bottan, Daria & McKee, Douglas & Orlov, George & McDougall, Anna, 2022. "Racial and gender achievement gaps in an economics classroom," International Review of Economics Education, Elsevier, vol. 40(C).
    2. Elwira Gross-Golacka & Teresa Kupczyk & Bartlomiej Jefmanski & Marta Kusterka-Jefmanska & Sylwia Przytula, 2021. "Diverse Human Resources – Motivation and State of Knowledge about Demographic Trends in Organizations of the Visegrad Group V4 Countries," European Research Studies Journal, European Research Studies Journal, vol. 0(Special 4), pages 837-848.

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    Keywords

    cultural diversity; innovation; openness; phonebook; patents; local level; Germany; kulturelle Diversität; Innovation; Offenheit; Telefonbuch; Patente; lokal; Deutschland;
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    JEL classification:

    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development

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