Localized Sources of Knowledge and the Effect of Knowledge Spillovers: An Empirical Study of Inventors in the Telecommunications Industry

Posted: 28 Apr 2009

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Sherwat E. Ibrahim

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business

M. Hosein Fallah

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business

Richard R. Reilly

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business

Date Written: May 2009

Abstract

Knowledge spillovers have been considered a major driver for the increased rate of innovation in technological clusters. In this study, we respond to some recent calls for a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of localized knowledge exchange, by focusing on the effect of local sources of knowledge on inventors in telecommunication clusters. We differentiate between the different types of knowledge in our model for knowledge accessibility, and present a framework for knowledge exchange within clusters. We empirically test this model on inventors across the USA, where we compare the responses of inventors in clusters to inventors who are not in clusters. The results highlight the significance of the ‘local buzz’, and the dynamics of knowledge spillovers are explored.

Keywords: localization, knowledge spillover, sources of knowledge, geography of innovation, tacit knowledge

JEL Classification: R12, R11

Suggested Citation

Ibrahim, Sherwat E. and Fallah, M. Hosein and Reilly, Richard R., Localized Sources of Knowledge and the Effect of Knowledge Spillovers: An Empirical Study of Inventors in the Telecommunications Industry (May 2009). Journal of Economic Geography, Vol. 9, Issue 3, pp. 405-431, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1394137 or http://dx.doi.org/lbn049

Sherwat E. Ibrahim (Contact Author)

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business ( email )

Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

HOME PAGE: http://personal.stevens.edu/~hfallah/html/research_team.html

M. Hosein Fallah

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business ( email )

Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

HOME PAGE: http://personal.stevens.edu/~hfallah/html/research_team.html

Richard R. Reilly

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business ( email )

Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

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