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My precious! The location and diffusion of scientific research: evidence from the Synchrotron Diamond Light Source

Helmers, Christian and Overman, Henry G. (2017) My precious! The location and diffusion of scientific research: evidence from the Synchrotron Diamond Light Source. The Economic Journal, 127 (604). pp. 2006-2040. ISSN 0013-0133

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Identification Number: 10.1111/ecoj.12387

Abstract

We analyze the impact of the establishment of the Diamond Light Source synchrotron, a large basic scientific research facility in the UK, on the geographic distribution of related research. To account for the potentially endogenous location choice of the synchrotron, we rely on the availability of a ‘runner-up’ site. We use data on academic publications to trace the geographic distribution of related scientific inputs and outputs. Our results suggest that proximity to Diamond had a positive impact on the output of related research. This proximity effect appears to be driven by an increase in inputs rather than the productivity of scientists.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.res.org.uk/view/economichome.html
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors. The Economic Journal published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Royal Economic Society © CC BY 4.0
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2015 10:06
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 02:16
Projects: ES/J021342/1, ES/G005966/1
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/64659

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