Creativity Over Time and Space

55 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2017

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Michel Serafinelli

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics

Guido Tabellini

Bocconi University - Department of Economics; Bocconi University - IGIER - Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research; Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo)

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Date Written: November 2017

Abstract

Creativity is often highly concentrated in time and space, and across different domains.

What explains the formation and decay of clusters of creativity? In this paper we match data on thousands of notable individuals born in Europe between the XIth and the XIXth century with historical data on city institutions and population. After documenting several stylized facts, we show that the formation of creative clusters is not preceded by increases in city size or wages. Instead, the emergence of city institutions protecting economic and political freedoms facilitates the attraction and production of creative talent.

Keywords: innovation, agglomeration, political institutions, immigration, gravity

JEL Classification: R10, O10, J61, N13

Suggested Citation

Serafinelli, Michel and Tabellini, Guido, Creativity Over Time and Space (November 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3070203 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3070203

Michel Serafinelli

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics ( email )

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Guido Tabellini (Contact Author)

Bocconi University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Bocconi University - IGIER - Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research ( email )

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Milan, 20136
Italy

Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research (CESifo)

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