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Metropolitan innovation networks: The effect of urban-suburban connectivity

Authors: Ram Mudambi*, Temple University, Tedi Skiti, Temple University, Hwansung Ju, Temple University
Topics: Economic Geography, Business Geography, Spatial Analysis & Modeling
Keywords: innovation, connectivity, network, metropolitan, suburbs, local
Session Type: Paper
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In this paper, we suggest new perspectives on intra-metropolitan innovation network and evaluate quality of the associated innovation outputs. We argue that there are demographic differences between people located in city centers and their surrounding areas. We use this basic insight to develop a theoretical framework in which urban-suburban inventor connectivity serves as a source of diversity and creativity. We analyze the precise geographic locations of inventors drawn from USPTO patent data and empirically show that the collaboration of inventors from the city center with those in the suburbs is associated with higher quality innovation outcomes. We also provide evidence that local and small firms may may receive more benefits from such intra-metropolitan connectivity.

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