Why is economic geography not an evolutionary science? ; towards an evolutionary economic geography

R.A. Boschma, K. Frenken

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Abstract

The paper explains the commonalities and differences between neoclassical, institutional and evolutionary approaches that have been influential in economic geography during the last couple of decades. By separating the three approaches in terms of theoretical content and research methodology, wecan appreciate both the commonalities and differences between the three approaches. It is also apparent that innovative theorizing currently occurs at the interface between neoclassical and evolutionary theory (especially in modelling) and at the interface between institutional and evolutionary theory (especially in ‘appreciative theorizing’). Taken together, we argue that Evolutionary Economic Geography is an emerging paradigm in economic geography, yet does so without isolating itself from developments in other theoretical approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-302
JournalJournal of Economic Geography
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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