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Creativity, cities and innovation

Lee, Neil and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés (2014) Creativity, cities and innovation. Environment and Planning A, 46 (5). pp. 1139-1159. ISSN 0308-518X

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Identification Number: 10.1068/a46202

Abstract

The creative industries have long been seen as an innovative sector. More recent research posits that creative occupations are also a fundamental, but overlooked, driver of innovation. Theory also suggests cities are important for both creative industries and occupations, with urban environments helping firms innovate. Yet little empirical work has considered the links between creative industries, occupations, cities and innovation at the firm level. This paper addresses this gap using a sample of over 9,000 UK SMEs. Our results stress that creative industries firms are more likely to introduce original product innovations, but not those learnt from elsewhere. Creative occupations, however, appear a more robust general driver of innovation. We find no support for the hypothesis that urban creative industries firms are particularly innovative. However, creative occupations are used in cities to introduce product innovations learnt elsewhere. The results suggest future work needs to seriously consider the importance of occupations in empirical studies of innovation.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.envplan.com/A.html
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author(s)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2013 10:15
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2015 15:09
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/52360

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