nep-net New Economics Papers
on Network Economics
Issue of 2005‒10‒08
two papers chosen by
Yi-Nung Yang
Chung Yuan Christian University

  1. Inside the Black Box of ‘Industrial Atmosphere’: Knowledge and Information Networks in an Italian wine local system By Andrea Morrison
  2. Migration Data and Matrix Methods: Deriving the Network of U.S. Central Places. By E. Anthon Eff

  1. By: Andrea Morrison (SEMEQ Department - Faculty of Economics - University of Eastern Piedmont)
    Abstract: A well-grounded empirical and theoretical literature shows that local production systems can benefit from external economies generated by a shared ‘industrial atmosphere’. Many scholars would agree that in contexts as industrial districts, clusters and local systems, economic actions are strongly embedded in social and institutional factors. Nevertheless, many scholars would instead debate about the nature, boundaries and processes underpinning ‘industrial atmosphere’. This paper aims at contributing to this field of studies by entering into the black box of the ‘industrial atmosphere’ reconstructing the informal contacts underpinning collective learning in a local production system. The study is based on empirical evidence collected at firm level in a an Italian wine local system and uses methods of network analysis
    Date: 2005–07
  2. By: E. Anthon Eff
    Abstract: Inter-county flows of commuters have long been used by the Bureau of the Census to identify MSAs and by the BEA to identify its Economic Areas. This paper looks at U.S. interregional flows of commuters, population, and goods in an effort to identify broader patterns of relationships among U.S. regions. A region’s primary flow up the central place hierarchy is found using tools commonly employed in Social Network Analysis. The results allow classification of regions in two ways: 1) as levels in a hierarchy; or 2) as a member of a group of regions all tied to the same member of the next-highest level of the hierarchy.
    Keywords: Central Place Theory, Network Analysis, Migration, Trade
    JEL: R1 R12
    Date: 2005–09

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