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The Rise and Fall of Urban EconomiesLessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles$
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Michael Storper, Thomas Kemeny, Naji Makarem, and Taner Osman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780804789400

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804789400.001.0001

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Seeing the Landscape

Seeing the Landscape

The Relational Infrastructure of Regions

(p.169) 8 Seeing the Landscape
The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies

Michael Storper

Thomas Kemeny

Naji Philip Makarem

Taner Osman

Stanford University Press

Networks of people and organizations create “invisible colleges” in labor markets, industries, communities, and political leadership. They influence who gets access to other people and hence to implementing ideas and finding resources. This chapter measures the corporate, philanthropic, and leadership networks of the San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Los Angeles since 1980. It shows that they had similar starting points in terms of their structure of connections, but that they diverged. Principal firms and industries in Los Angeles became less connected, while in San Francisco they become more closely intertied, with broader and deeper connections among their boards of directors. Networks among scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, and firms are much denser in San Francisco than in Greater Los Angeles. There are more industry-building dealmakers in the Bay Area than in Los Angeles. The relational infrastructures of the two regions have become more and more different over time.

Keywords:   institutions and economics, institutions and economic development, beliefs and institutions, beliefs and development, regional governance, policy agendas

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