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Creativity over Time and Space

Michel Serafinelli and Guido Tabellini ()

No 12365, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: Creativity is often highly concentrated in time and space, and across different domains. What explains the formation and decay of clusters of creativity? In this paper we match data on thousands of notable individuals born in Europe between the XIth and the XIXth century with historical data on city institutions and population. After documenting several stylized facts, we show that the formation of creative clusters is not preceded by increases in city size. Instead, the emergence of city institutions protecting economic and political freedoms facilitates the attraction and production of creative talent

Keywords: agglomeration; Gravity; Immigration; Innovation; Political Institutions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J61 N13 O10 R10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo, nep-lab and nep-mig
Date: 2017-10
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