Sociology Colloquium, 4/13/2022
The Silicon Valley Syndrome
Olav Sorenson, UCLA
How does expansion in the high-tech sector influence the broader economy of a region? We demonstrate that an infusion of venture capital in a region leads to: (i) declines in the number of establishments and in employment in non–high-tech industries in the tradable sector; (ii) increases in entry and in employment in the non-tradable sector; and (iii) a rise in income inequality in the non-tradable sector. Expansion in the high-tech sector therefore leads to a less diverse tradable sector and to increasing inequality in the region.
April 13, 2022
Meeting ID: 966 3702 3159
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