Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The Pseudoscience of Jane Jacobs and Innovation Districts

Debunking the Jane "Jacobs spillovers" at Pacific Standard magazine.

Theme: Geography of innovation.

Subject Article: "What Can a 'Science of Cities' Offer Planners?"

Other Links: 1. "The Case For Investing In California Businesses."
2. "Chile teaches the world a lesson about innovation."
3. "Keeping the Focus on People, Not Places, With Jim Russell."
4. "Job Hopping: Driver of Regional Tech Growth?
5. "Job Hopping, Information Technology Spillovers, and Productivity Growth."

Postscript: Intrinsically, cities aren't cauldrons of innovation. Cities draw people from a diverse set of places. Cities also provide more inter-firm labor mobility opportunities. Most migration covers a short distance. You go where you know. Thus the observation of a positive correlation between urban density and innovation/productivity. Right connection, wrong explanation.

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