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The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts Are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation by Fred Bakker, Antoine van Agtmael

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Conclusion

WE MEET AT THE END

We have come to the end of our journey. It brought us to unlikely places in the United States and Europe that had transformed from rustbelts to brainbelts. This phenomenon surprised us at first, because the vibrancy in the brainbelts had not shown up yet in the statistics. As we discussed in the last chapter, this reveals a deficiency in our metrics that must be remedied so that policy makers have the instruments they need to make smart decisions.

At the start of our journey, we two authors had very different perspectives on what was happening in the brainbelts. Fred saw the primacy of a new process of innovation ...

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