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Effects of Cities on Firm-level Innovation - Empirical Studies for Germany

Hammer-Langrock, Andrea

Abstract (englisch):
The relevance of cities has grown markedly. Not only that the process of urbanization,
i.e. the growing concentration of population in cities, has accelerated.
Cities are also referred to as sources of creativity and innovation. This dissertation
relates to the connection between firm-level innovation and cities in Germany
by comprising three empirical studies that assess the effects of cities on innovation
in firms and their underlying mechanisms. It develops along the following
key questions: Apart from the general finding of innovation being concentrated
in cities, are there industries exhibiting stronger tendencies to allocate their innovative
activities in cities? Does being located in or close to a city demonstrably
foster innovation in firms? Which city-specific assets promote the innovativeness
of firms?
The first study applies a micro-geographic approach based on postcodes in order
to assess the spatial patterns of firm-level R&D activities and their connection
to cities. Based on a method developed by Duranton and Overman (2005), it
develops measures that integrate cities in industry-specific spatial anal ... mehr

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre (ECON)
Publikationstyp Hochschulschrift
Jahr 2017
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator DOI(KIT): 10.5445/IR/1000070734
URN: urn:nbn:de:swb:90-707348
KITopen ID: 1000070734
Verlag Karlsruhe
Umfang X, 196 S.
Abschlussart Dissertation
Fakultät Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften (WIWI)
Institut Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre (ECON)
Prüfungsdatum 29.05.2017
Referent/Betreuer Prof. I. Ott
Schlagworte Cities, Innovation, Knowledge-Intensive Services, Research and Development, Spatial Economics
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