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Same difference? Minority ethnic inventors, diversity and innovation in the UK

Nathan, M; (2015) Same difference? Minority ethnic inventors, diversity and innovation in the UK. Journal of Economic Geography , 15 (1) pp. 129-168. 10.1093/jeg/lbu006. Green open access

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Abstract

Minority ethnic inventors play important roles in US innovation, especially in high-tech regions such as Silicon Valley. Do ‘ethnicity–innovation’ channels exist elsewhere? Ethnicity could influence innovation via production complementarities from diverse inventor communities, co-ethnic network externalities or individual ‘stars’. I explore these issues using new UK patents microdata and a novel name-classification system. UK minority ethnic inventors are spatially concentrated, as in the USA, but have different characteristics reflecting UK-specific geography and history. I find that the diversity of inventor communities helps raise individual patenting, with suggestive influence of East Asian-origin stars. Majority inventors may benefit from multiplier effects.

Type: Article
Title: Same difference? Minority ethnic inventors, diversity and innovation in the UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/jeg/lbu006
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jeg/lbu006
Additional information: The Author (2014). Published by Oxford University Press. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10086276
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