Clusters of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

38 Pages Posted: 4 May 2013 Last revised: 8 Oct 2014

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Aaron Chatterji

Duke University - Fuqua School of Business

Edward L. Glaeser

Harvard University - Department of Economics; Brookings Institution; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

William R. Kerr

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit

Date Written: May 2013

Abstract

This paper reviews recent academic work on the spatial concentration of entrepreneurship and innovation in the United States. We discuss rationales for the agglomeration of these activities and the economic consequences of clusters. We identify and discuss policies that are being pursued in the United States to encourage local entrepreneurship and innovation. While arguments exist for and against policy support of entrepreneurial clusters, our understanding of what works and how it works is quite limited. The best path forward involves extensive experimentation and careful evaluation.

Suggested Citation

Chatterji, Aaron and Glaeser, Edward L. and Kerr, William R., Clusters of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (May 2013). NBER Working Paper No. w19013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2260652

Aaron Chatterji (Contact Author)

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