Quotation Essletzbichler, Jürgen and Rigby, David L. 2007. Exploring evolutionary economic geographies. Journal of Economic Geography 7 (5): S. 549-571.


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Evolutionary approaches in economics have gathered increasing support over the last 25 years. Despite an impressive body of literature, economists are still far from formulating a coherent research paradigm. The multitude of approaches in evolutionary economics poses problems for the development of an evolutionary economic geography. For the most part, evolutionary economic geography imports selective concepts from evolutionary biology and economics and applies those concepts to specific problems within economic geography. We discuss a number of problems with this approach and suggest that a more powerful and appealing alternative requires the development of theoretically consistent models of evolutionary processes. This article outlines the contours of an evolutionary model of economic dynamics where economic agents are located in different geographical spaces. We seek to show how competition between those agents, based on the core evolutionary principles of variety, selection and retention, may produce distinct economic regions sharing properties that differentiate them from competitors elsewhere. These arguments are extended to illustrate how the emergent properties of economic agents and places co-evolve and lead to different trajectories of economic development over space.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Economic Geography
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, VW-C, WH-A
Language English
Title Exploring evolutionary economic geographies
Volume 7
Number 5
Year 2007
Page from 549
Page to 571
URL http://joeg.oxfordjournals.org/content/7/5/549.full.pdf+html
DOI 10.1093/jeg/lbm022

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Essletzbichler, Jürgen (Details)
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Rigby, David L. (University of California Los Angeles, United States/USA)
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Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1807 Economic geography (Details)
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