Fruits of Their Neighbors: The Role of Geography in Agricultural Innovation

26 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2010

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Alex Stiller-Shulman

Colorado College - Department of Economics and Business

Kristina M.L. Acri née Lybecker

Colorado College - Department of Economics & Business

Daniel K. N. Johnson

Colorado College - Department of Economics and Business

Date Written: September 9, 2010

Abstract

Closely following the notion of innovative geographic clusters, this paper examines knowledge flows in the US agriculture industry for evidence of innovative agglomeration. The data indicate that a closer distance between any two agricultural patent origins increases the probability that one cites the other as prior art. Further, subtle inter-regional variations characterize the degree to which proximity advances agricultural innovation. Finally, the results show that older innovations in agriculture proliferate more readily than recently created knowledge.

Keywords: innovation, agriculture, economic geography, patents, distance, invention

JEL Classification: O33, Q16, R12

Suggested Citation

Stiller-Shulman, Alex and Acri née Lybecker, Kristina M.L. and Johnson, Daniel Kent Neil, Fruits of Their Neighbors: The Role of Geography in Agricultural Innovation (September 9, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1674595 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1674595

Alex Stiller-Shulman

Colorado College - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

14 E Cache La Poudre Street
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Kristina M.L. Acri née Lybecker (Contact Author)

Colorado College - Department of Economics & Business ( email )

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Colorado Springs, CO 80903
United States
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Daniel Kent Neil Johnson

Colorado College - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

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Colorado Springs, CO 80903
United States
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719-389-6927 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://faculty1.coloradocollege.edu/~djohnson

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