This project applies networks-based economic complexity analysis to US census data to investigate the evolution of regional productive capabilities over 150 years of US development history. We contrast the complexity of industries to the complexity of occupations and examine their relative importance in predicting long-run growth and structural change. By drawing on on historical patent data, we also analyse the associated relationship with innovation. We then map the regional 'industry space’ and examine differentiated regional development paths through this network. We also explore how the network structure evolves over time and highlight key implications for the urban-rural divide.
People: Penny Mealy