The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles (Innovation and Technology in the World Economy) (Paperback)

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Today, the Bay Area is home to the most successful knowledge economy in America, while Los Angeles has fallen progressively further behind its neighbor to the north and a number of other American metropolises. Yet, in 1970, experts would have predicted that L.A. would outpace San Francisco in population, income, economic power, and influence. The usual factors used to explain urban growth--luck, immigration, local economic policies, and the pool of skilled labor--do not account for the contrast between the two cities and their fates. So what does?

The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies challenges many of the conventional notions about economic development and sheds new light on its workings. The authors argue that it is essential to understand the interactions of three major components--economic specialization, human capital formation, and institutional factors--to determine how well a regional economy will cope with new opportunities and challenges. Drawing on economics, sociology, political science, and geography, they argue that the economic development of metropolitan regions hinges on previously underexplored capacities for organizational change in firms, networks of people, and networks of leaders. By studying San Francisco and Los Angeles in unprecedented levels of depth, this book extracts lessons for the field of economic development studies and urban regions around the world.

About the Author


Michael Storper is Professor of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. Thomas Kemeny is Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Southampton. Naji Makarem is Lecturer in the Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU) at University College London (UCL). Taner Osman is an instructor in the Department of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781503600669
ISBN-10: 1503600661
Publisher: Stanford Business Books
Publication Date: August 15th, 2016
Pages: 328
Language: English
Series: Innovation and Technology in the World Economy