Skip to main content

Innovation in space

Author(s): Desmet, Klaus; Rossi-Hansberg, Esteban A.

To refer to this page use:
Abstract: This paper shows how competition for land may lead firms to optimally innovate in spite of the market being perfectly competitive. When bidding for a location, firms can enhance their bid by investing in innovations that make the land more valuable. Firms are willing to innovate because the non-replicability of land implies that they will not be undercut by some other producer leading to losses as in the standard theory. In the absence of spillovers over space and over time, firms will optimally innovate. Empirical evidence from U.S. metropolitan areas supports the predictions of the theory.
Publication Date: May-2012
Citation: Desmet, K, Rossi-Hansberg, E. (2012). Innovation in space. American Economic Review, 102 (3), 447 - 452. doi:10.1257/aer.102.3.447
DOI: doi:10.1257/aer.102.3.447
ISSN: 0002-8282
Pages: 1 - 6
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: American Economic Review
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

Items in OAR@Princeton are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.