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Handbook of Industry Studies and Economic Geography

Handbook of Industry Studies and Economic Geography

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Edited by Frank Giarratani, Geoffrey J.D. Hewings and Philip McCann

This unique Handbook examines the impacts on, and responses to, economic geography explicitly from the perspective of the behaviour, mechanics, systems and experiences of different firms in various types of industries. The industry studies approach allows the authors to explain why the economic geography of these different industries exhibits such particular and diverse characteristics.

Chapter 11: R & D, knowledge, economic growth and the transatlantic productivity gap

Raquel Ortega-Argilés

Subjects: economics and finance, industrial economics, regional economics, geography, economic geography, urban and regional studies, regional economics


This chapter reviews the available evidence regarding the role and relationship between research and development (R & D) and the performance of firms, sectors and industries, and nations. The broad range of evidence regarding these links is examined, and particular emphasis is placed on the role of new and general-purpose technological change. The chapter then proceeds to frame these discussions in the context of the issues arising from the emergence of the transatlantic productivity gap during the 1990s, a productivity gap which challenged much of the orthodox thinking regarding these relationships.

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