Clusters, externalities and innovation: new Evidence from German firms, 1878-1913

Joerg Baten, Anna Spadavecchia

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Abstract

Innovation concerns mainly three broad areas: products, production processes and organisational set-ups.2 This paper focuses on firms’ innovative activity concerning the first two areas and follows the definition of innovation as research, development, imitation and adoption of new products and new production processes.3 This approach is consistent with an important stream of historical and theoretical works that regard innovation, in the form of technological progress, as a fundamental determinant of economic growth.4 Moreover, it is consistent with Schumpeter, who focuses on the ‘introduction of new methods of production and new commodities’ in his discussion of innovation, in turn as a part of monopolistic practices.5
Original languageEnglish
Pages225-226
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2004
EventThe Economic History Society Annual Conference - Royal Holloway University of London, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Apr 20044 Apr 2004

Conference

ConferenceThe Economic History Society Annual Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period2/04/044/04/04

Keywords

  • innovation
  • economic history
  • German firms
  • technology

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    Baten, J., & Spadavecchia, A. (2004). Clusters, externalities and innovation: new Evidence from German firms, 1878-1913. 225-226. Paper presented at The Economic History Society Annual Conference, London, United Kingdom.