The Geography of Innovation: Why Do Clusters of Entrepreneurs Exist in Some Areas and Not in Others?

February 22, 2010

Edward L. Glaeser, Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University, Director, Taubman Center for State and Local Government and Director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and co-author, Urban Economics and Entrepreneurshipand Clusters of Entrepreneurship, two recent NBER working papers

Can the economic history of Detroit be told without Henry Ford and Alfred Sloan? Would Ford have achieved the same success if he had worked in Houston? Would Silicon Valley have experienced its remarkable growth without Frederick Terman and William Shockley? Entrepreneurs often seem to have been significantly influenced by features of their local economies, and they have often influenced the fates of those economies. Yet, urban economists have only infrequently looked directly at the local causes and consequences of entrepreneurship, including policies and programs carried out by local and state governments in those regions.

Cosponsored by the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government