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An Empirical Test of Geographic Knowledge Spillovers Using Geographic Information Systems and Firm-Level Data
Regional Science and Urban Economics (2001)
  • Scott J. Wallsten
Abstract

Most research on economic geography focuses on large geographic areas, such as nations and states. I use a geographic information system and a firm-level dataset to explore agglomeration and spillovers at the firm level over discrete distances. I calculate the distance between each firm-pair to explore co-location, and use these calculations to devise a test of spillovers: is participation in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which provides R&D grants to small firms, a function of whether nearby firms win SBIR grants? I find that the number of other SBIR firms within a fraction of a mile predicts whether a firm wins awards, even controlling for regional, firm, and industry characteristics.

Keywords
  • clusters,
  • agglomeration economies,
  • spillovers
Publication Date
September, 2001
Citation Information
Scott J. Wallsten. "An Empirical Test of Geographic Knowledge Spillovers Using Geographic Information Systems and Firm-Level Data" Regional Science and Urban Economics Vol. 31 Iss. 5 (2001)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/scott_wallsten/11/