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ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY ASSIGNMENT PAPER
Before getting started, you were asked to read journal articles by Jaffe et al. (1993) and by Breschi & Lissoni (2005). Jaffe et al. (1993) outline a way of examining the geography of knowledge flows using patent citation data. Breschi & Lissoni (2005) note some difficulties with the methods and data employed by Jaffe et al. (1993). In this paper assignment, I want you to revisit this debate. The specific prompts (questions) for the assignment are indicated below.
You should write your response in the form of a single essay, with an introduction, sub-sections, and a conclusion. Your written paper should not exceed six (6) pages, excluding references.
The introduction of your paper should briefly note why, in a class on regional economic growth, we might be interested in the debate around knowledge flows/spillovers.
The first of the main sub-sections of your paper should provide a brief review of the main arguments of the Jaffe et al. (1993) paper. Highlight the methodology they use for the analysis. (I am not concerned with statistical analysis, rather the general logic of their argument.)
The second of the main sub-sections of your paper should provide a brief review of the main arguments made by Breschi and Lissoni (2005). (You do not need to examine in any detail the statistical analysis in section 4 of this paper.)
In your conclusion, you should discuss whether the Jaffe methodology is of any use, whether it can be improved (after Breschi and Lissoni), or whether it should be abandoned.