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Is Distance Dying at Last?


Economists have long been sceptical of claims about the 'death of distance' - the idea that new technology has diminished the significance of geography for economic outcomes. Research by Sokbae Lee, Rachel Griffith and John Van Reenen, which looks at patent citations over a quarter of a century, finds the first hard evidence that distance is indeed becoming less important.


Rachel Griffith, Sokbae Lee and John Van Reenen

February 2008     Paper Number CEPCP240

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