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Employment growth and entrepreneurial activity in cities

Book or journal references : Regional Studies, vol. 38, pp. 911-927 (2004).

Author(s) : Acs , Z. J. and Armington , C.

Abstract :

Employment growth and entrepreneurial activity in cities, Regional Studies 38, 911-927. Recent theories of economic growth have stressed the role of externalities in generating growth. Using data from the Census Bureau that tracks all employers in the whole US private-sector economy, the impact of these externalities, as measured by entrepreneurial activity, on employment growth in Local Market Areas are examined. Differences in levels of entrepreneurial activity, diversity among geographically proximate industries and the extent of human capital are positively associated with variation in growth rates, but the manufacturing sector appears to be an exception.


Keywords :

economic growth; knowledge spillovers; entrepreneurship; industry diversity ECONOMIC-DEVELOPMENT; INCREASING RETURNS; SMALL BUSINESS; JOB CREATION; PRODUCTIVITY; TECHNOLOGY; INNOVATION; GEOGRAPHY; FIRMS

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