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The increasing importance of geographical proximity in knowledge production: an analysis of US patent citations, 1975–1997

Sonn, Jung Won and Storper, Michael (2008) The increasing importance of geographical proximity in knowledge production: an analysis of US patent citations, 1975–1997. Environment and Planning A, 40 (5). pp. 1020-1038. ISSN 0308-518X

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Abstract

Much literature suggests that knowledge-production activities are still heavily dependent upon geographically proximate sources of information, in spite of rapid development in telecommunications technology. Some analysts believe that the importance of proximity in knowledge production will eventually disappear with the continued development of telecommunications. The authors analyse patent citations and find that, after controlling for the existing distribution of knowledge-production activities, the proportion of local citations has increased over time. This finding reinforces the notion that in contemporary knowledge production and innovation the role for geographical proximity is increasing.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.envplan.com/A.html
Additional Information: © 2008 Pion Ltd.
Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2011 15:11
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/31925/

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