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articles: Localised knowledge spillovers vs. innovative milieux: Knowledge "tacitness" reconsidered

Stefano Breschi () and Francesco Lissoni ()

Papers in Regional Science, 2001, vol. 80, issue 3, 255-273

Abstract: This article provides a critical discussion of the recent econometric literature on "localised knowledge spillovers" and the related notion of tacit knowledge. The basic claim of the article is that the increasing, and more or less automatic reliance of industrial geographers upon such econometric evidence and theoretical concepts to support their work on industrial districts, hi-tech agglomerations and, more broadly, local innovation systems is not well placed and risks to ge nerate conceptual confusion and to distort research agendas. Following some recent advances in the economics of knowledge, the article also suggests that more research efforts should instead be devoted to exploring how knowledge is actually transmitted, among whom, at what distance, and on the basis of which codebooks.

Keywords: Innovative milieux; regional systems; knowledge spillovers; externalities; industrial districts (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O18 O30 R12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2001-07-17
Note: Received: 30 September 2000
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