Geography, industrial organization, and agglomeration

Stuart S. Rosenthal, William C. Strange

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Abstract

This paper makes two contributions to the empirical literature on agglomeration economies. First, the paper uses a unique and rich database in conjunction with mapping software to measure the geographic extent of agglomerative externalities. Previous papers have been forced to assume that agglomeration economies are club goods that operate at a metropolitan scale. Second, the paper tests for the existence of organizational agglomeration economies of the kind studied qualitatively by Saxenian (1994). This is a potentially important source of increasing returns that previous empirical work has not considered. Results indicate that localization economies attenuate rapidly and that industrial organization affects the benefits of agglomeration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-393
Number of pages17
JournalReview of Economics and Statistics
Volume85
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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