Applied Evolutionary Economics and Economic Geography

Applied Evolutionary Economics and Economic Geography

Edited by Koen Frenken

Applied Evolutionary Economics and Economic Geography aims to further advance empirical methodologies in evolutionary economics, with a special emphasis on geography and firm location. It does so by bringing together a select group of leading scholars including economists, geographers and sociologists, all of whom share an interest in explaining the uneven distribution of economic activities in space and the historical processes that have produced these patterns.

Preface

Edited by Koen Frenken

Subjects: economics and finance, economics of innovation, evolutionary economics, geography, economic geography, innovation and technology, economics of innovation

Extract

The volume Applied Evolutionary Economics and Economic Geography is the fourth book published by Edward Elgar on applied evolutionary economics, and stems from the fourth European Meeting on Applied Evolutionary Economics (EMAEE) held in Utrecht, 19–21 May 2005. The first volume edited by Paolo Saviotti (Applied Evolutionary Economics, 2003) was the founding volume. The second volume edited by John Foster and Werner Hölzl (Applied Evolutionary Economics and Complex Systems, 2004) dealt with empirical applications of complex systems theory. The third volume edited by Andreas Pyka and Horst Hanusch (Applied Evolutionary Economics and the Knowledge Based Economy, 2006) discussed the role of knowledge in the modern economy from an evolutionary perspective. As with previous volumes, this one also aims to advance empirical methodologies in evolutionary economics, but with a special emphasis on geography. We have seen a growing, mutual interest between economic geography and evolutionary economics in recent times. In particular, after the 2001 Schumpeter Prize winning work by Steven Klepper on the spatial evolution of industries and the innovative applications of social network analysis by Stefano Breschi, Francisco Lissoni, Elisa Giuliani and others, evolutionary scholars have become interested in the geography of industries and networks. These two meso levels of analysis will be central in the book. New developments on the interface between geography and evolutionary economics also take place at the micro level, in particular, the geography of entrepreneurship, and at the macro level, in particular, the dynamics of spatial systems as reflected in the uneven...