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Creativity over Time and Space A Historical Analysis of European Cities

Serafinelli, Michel and Tabellini, Guido (2022) 'Creativity over Time and Space A Historical Analysis of European Cities.' Journal of Economic Growth, 27 (1). pp. 1-43. ISSN 1381-4338

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Abstract

Creativity is often highly concentrated in time and space, and across different domains.What explains the formation and decay of clusters of creativity? We match data on notableindividuals born in Europe between the XIth and the XIXth century with historical city data.The production and attraction of creative talent is associated with city institutions that protectedeconomic and political freedoms and promoted local autonomy. Instead, indicators of localeconomic conditions such as city size and real wages, do not predict creative clusters. Wealso show that famous creatives are spatially concentrated and clustered across disciplines,that their spatial mobility has remained stable over the centuries, and that creative clusters arepersistent but less than population.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: innovation, agglomeration, political institutions, immigration, gravity, human capital
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2021 10:28
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2022 09:48
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30543

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