Knowledge, Nodes and Networks: An Analytical Perspective

  • David F. Batten
  • Kiyoshi Kobayashi
  • Åke E. Andersson


This paper treats knowledge stocks as endogenous public goods. Rather than being used up in the process of production, knowledge is expanded and enhanced by way of exchange processes on a network consisting of nodes and links in geographical space. The nodes take the form of human settlements such as villages, towns or metropolitan regions, and the links between nodes consist of transportation routes and communication channels which facilitate knowledge acquisition and knowledge expansion.


Europe Transportation Posit Nash Rene 


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  • David F. Batten
  • Kiyoshi Kobayashi
  • Åke E. Andersson

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