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Entrepreneurship and Urban Growth: A Fresh Look Using Proximity to Mines

The Atlantic Cities
Richard Florida
October 4, 2012

This article looks at the proximity of mines in relationship with entrepreneurship and urban growth. In a recent paper by Harvard economist Edward Glaeser, Sari Kerr, Ph.D., senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), and William Kerr, a hypothesis by economist Benjamin Chinitz is subjected to an empirical test – proximity to mines is a key variable. According to the article, they argue that “proximity to historical mining deposits is associated with bigger firms and fewer start-ups in the middle of the 20th century."

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