Kerstin Press's A Life Cycle for Clusters?: The Dynamics of Agglomeration, PDF

By Kerstin Press

The phenomenon of non-random spatial concentrations of companies in a single or few similar sectors (clusters) is intensively debated in financial conception and coverage. The euphoria approximately profitable clusters although neglects that traditionally, many thriving clusters did go to pot into outdated commercial components. This e-book reviews the determinants of cluster survival via interpreting their adaptability to alter within the monetary setting. Linking theoretic wisdom with empirical observations, a simulation version (based within the N/K technique) is constructed, and is the reason while and why the cluster's structure assists or hampers adaptability. it's chanced on that architectures with intermediate levels of department of labour and extra collective governance varieties foster adaptability. Cluster improvement is therefore course based as architectures having advanced over the years influence at the probability of destiny survival.

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G. definitions and specifications of terms). In consequence, access to or transfer of this tacit technological knowledge (Pavitt 1987) requires repeated personal contact with the people embodying it, which is more easily obtained in proximity. This induces a co-location of firms in the emerging industry with sources of technological knowledge (research institutions or other firms). Second, the uncertainty and small firm size in the early stages of the cycle favour a division of labour between firms regarding production in order to avoid overcapacities (Audretsch and Feldman 1995; Klimenko 2004).

The latter is found to rely crucially on model parameters regarding the size of the manufacturing sector, the extent of scale economies and the level of trade cost: “In an economy charaterized by high transportation costs, a small share of footloose manufacturing or low economies of scale, the distribution of manufacturing production will be determined by the distribution of the “primary stratum” of peasants. With lower transportation costs, a higher manufacturing share or stronger economies of scale, circular causation sets in, and manufacturing will concentrate in whichever region gets a head start” (Krugman 1991b, p.

Arguing that agglomeration externalities are most important in the early stages of industry development (due to uncertainty and new technological knowledge), a cluster is viewed as a product of historical accident leading to an initial concentration of firms in an area. The latter then out-compete isolated entities due to agglomeration externalities in the transfer of (tacit) technological knowledge and the co-ordination of a division of labour. As the industry matures, technology becomes standardised and production more integrated, thus reducing the benefits from proximity.

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