Graduation Year

2016

Date of Submission

4-2016

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Economics

Reader 1

Janet Smith

Reader 2

Corey Tazzara

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Abstract

This paper investigates how social networks act as catalysts for innovation. It borrows a model for understanding how interaction between heterogeneous social networks catalyzes innovation. Using this model, it then examines historical and contemporary catalysts of innovation and invention within cities. Industry diversity, a measure representing the existence of multiple overlapping domains, is hypothesized to be positively correlated with the number of patents filed within a city per year. Using this analysis of both Renaissance Florence and contemporary metropolitan areas, the paper hopes to demonstrate social influences on innovation.

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