CASA Seminar Series: Neil Lee, LSE
23 November 2022, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
Networks and the geography of innovation: evidence from Companies House
This event is free.
Dr Max Nathan
Networks are considered to be vital for innovation and economic development. In this paper, we build a unique dataset of network connections in the UK using scraped public data on the entire universe of company board of director appointments. Using this, it considers the relationship between provides the first analysis of the relationship between network connections and regional patenting productivity in the life sciences and information technology, two widely-studied and leading high-tech sectors. Our results are consistent with the idea that highly-connected individuals play an important role in innovation processes in these sectors. Instrumental variable analysis shows that regions with more interconnected actors are more innovative, and that the number of inter-connections matters.
About the Speaker
Professor of Economic Geography at LSEMore about Neil Lee