Knowledge Dynamics, Structural Change and the Geography of Business Services

23 Pages Posted: 17 May 2012

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Tommaso Ciarli

SPRU, University of Sussex

Valentina Meliciani

LUISS Guido Carli University - LUISS Business school

Maria Savona

University of Sussex

Date Written: July 2012

Abstract

The paper provides a review of and presents some empirical evidence on the dynamics of knowledge, structural change and spatial concentration of economic activities, focusing on the case of business services (BS). It explores how the role of knowledge has evolved in relation to the dimensions of: (i) science, technology and structural change; (ii) the long‐term processes of tertiarization of the economy – in particular the growth of BS; (iii) the spatial concentration of BS as an outcome of the increasing volume and complexity of knowledge and the need to manage it through spatial proximity. Our arguments are supported by empirical evidence on the spatial concentration of BS in the European regions.

Keywords: Business services, Knowledge, Regional specialization, Structural change

Suggested Citation

Ciarli, Tommaso and Meliciani, Valentina and Savona, Maria, Knowledge Dynamics, Structural Change and the Geography of Business Services (July 2012). Journal of Economic Surveys, Vol. 26, Issue 3, pp. 445-467, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2061500 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6419.2012.00722.x

Tommaso Ciarli (Contact Author)

SPRU, University of Sussex ( email )

Jubilee Building
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton, Sussex BN1 9SL
United Kingdom

Valentina Meliciani

LUISS Guido Carli University - LUISS Business school ( email )

Viale Pola 12
Rome, 00198
Italy

Maria Savona

University of Sussex ( email )

Sussex House
Falmer
Brighton, Sussex BNI 9RH
United Kingdom

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