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The Evolutionary Complexity of Endogenous Innovation

The Engines of the Creative Response

Cristiano Antonelli

The notion of endogenous innovation as the outcome of the creative response of firms to out-of-equilibrium conditions is the cornerstone of the new evolutionary complexity. This book elaborates and applies the theoretical framework established in the author’s previous work Endogenous Innovation: The Economics of an Emergent System Property. This volume carefully explores the role of the reactivity of firms to out-of-equilibrium conditions. It also examines the quality of knowledge governance mechanisms in assessing the levels of externalities that define the likelihood of creative responses, as an alternative to adaptive responses.
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Chapter 8: Productivity growth persistence: firm strategies, size and system properties

Cristiano Antonelli, Francesco Crespi and Giuseppe Scellato


This chapter analyses the dynamics of path dependence, exploring the determinants of the persistence of firm productivity, here measured by total factor productivity (TFP). It highlights the crucial role of the interplay between the internal characteristics of companies, including their size and management strategies, and system properties such as access conditions to local pools of knowledge and the dynamics of economic activity in assessing the dynamics. Analysis of transition probability matrices (TPMs) and econometric analysis provide substantial evidence of the relevance of the mix of individual and systemic factors in shaping persistence as a path-dependent process in which events that take place along the process affect its direction and the pace of productivity dynamics.

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