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Costs, incentives, and institutions in bridging evolutionary economic geography and global production networks

Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés ORCID: 0000-0002-8041-0856 (2021) Costs, incentives, and institutions in bridging evolutionary economic geography and global production networks. Regional Studies, 55 (6). 1011 - 1014. ISSN 0034-3404

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00343404.2021.1914833


Two of the most influential strands in economic geography and regional studies – evolutionary economic geography and global production networks  – have run on parallel tracks with limited cross-fertilization. The Regional Studies Annual Lecture 2020 paper by Henry Yeung proposes building bridges across both strands to improve our understanding of the uneven distribution and evolution of economic activity across the world. He puts forward the concept of strategic coupling as the foundation of such bridges. In this reply I argue that strategic coupling will not suffice, unless the variations in costs and incentives for engaging in networks and the different capacity of cities and regions to assimilate the benefits of innovation diffusion through networks are taken into consideration.

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Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: F - International Economics > F2 - International Factor Movements and International Business > F23 - Multinational Firms; International Business
L - Industrial Organization > L2 - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior > L22 - Firm Organization and Market Structure: Markets vs. Hierarchies; Vertical Integration; Conglomerates; Subsidiaries
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R5 - Regional Government Analysis > R58 - Regional Development Policy
Date Deposited: 06 May 2021 15:42
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:34

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