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Fruits of your neighbor : an economic geography of agricultural innovation

by Stiller-Shulman, Alex Julian

Abstract

Diffusion of new knowledge and technologies in agriculture can offset the sometimes explosive nature of food price increases, especially in developing countries. Closely following the notion of innovative geographic clusters, this thesis examines knowledge flows in the US agriculture industry for evidence of innovative agglomeration. Each agricultural patent granted from 1972 - 2002 was spatially tagged using Geographic Information Systems software. The data indicate that a closer distance between any two patent origins increases the probability that one cites the other as prior art, with subtle interregional variations on the degree to which proximity advances agricultural innovation. Policies that exploit the relative ease of knowledge within localized networks can encourage development of cost-cutting technologies which can in turn lower world food prices.

Note

Bibliography : pages 81-91

Administrative Notes

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:6532
Digital Origin
reformatted digital
Extent
101 pages : illustations (some color), color maps