Book Review: From Neighborhoods to Nations: The Economics of Social Interactions

Journal of Economic Geography, May 2013

Author(s): Yves Zenou

Book Review: From Neighborhoods to Nations: The Economics of Social Interactions Yves Zenou

Cities exist because proximity facilitates interactions between economic agents. There are few, if any, fundamental issues in urban economics that do not hinge in some way on reciprocal action or influence between or among workers and firms. Thus, the localization of industry arises from intra-industry knowledge spillovers in Marshall (1890), while the transmission of ideas arises through local inter-industry interaction that fosters innovation in Jacobs (1969). In fact, the faceto-face interactions that Jacobs emphasizes are believed to be so critical to cities that Gaspar and Glaeser (1997) (and others) have asked whether advances in communication and information technology might make cities obsolete.


Zenou, Yves (2013), Book Review – Yannis M. Ioannides (ed.): "From Neighborhoods to Nations: The Economics of Social Interactions". Journal of Economic Geography 13 (2013).

An Agenda for Europe

Institutional Reform for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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The authors of this book, Niklas Elert, Magnus Henrekson and Mikael Stenkula, advise the economies of the European Union to become more entrepreneurial in promoting innovation and economic growth. The authors propose a reform strategy with respect to several aspects to achieve this goal.


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