Cities, research universities and the economic geography of innovation

GK Chapters and other contributions, Missions & Responsibilities, Research & Innovation

Meric Gertler, University of Toronto

Within the past decade, an increasingly pervasive view argues that“the world is flat”, and that location matters less and less whenit comes to economic activity (Friedman, 2005). Information and communication technologies are said to be the key to understanding this trend, since they dramatically reduce the cost and increase the ease with which one moves information between geographically distant sites.

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