Knowledge proximity and firm innovation: A microgeographic analysis for Berlin
Jan Kinne and
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Jan Kinne: Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Germany
Knut Blind: Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany
Urban Studies, 2020, vol. 57, issue 5, 996-1014
We analyse the geographic proximity of innovative firms to different types of knowledge sources in an urban environment on a microgeographic scale. Based on a comprehensive panel data set of manufacturing and service firms in the German capital city Berlin, we investigate the characteristics of firmsâ€™ knowledge environment while differentiating by the type of innovation. Geocoded firm locations at the level of individual addresses allows us to describe the knowledge environment of firms on a very fine microgeographic scale. We find that innovative firms are located in places with higher numbers of same-sector firms, more start-ups and a higher inflow of other firms. They also locate in closer proximity to universities and research institutes. These differences decay rapidly within a few metres (50â€“250 m), indicating a truly microgeographic scope of knowledge sources in urban environments.
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