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The Evolution of Geographic Structure in New Industries

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  • Steven Klepper

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We review the evolution of the market and geographic structure of the automobile, television receiver, and tyre industries in order to gain insights into the primary forces governing the agglomeration of industries. Spinoffs, which are firms founded by employees of incumbent producers, played a prominent role in the agglomerations that emerged around Detroit, MI and Akron, OH in the automobile and tyre industries respectively. The television receiver industry became less agglomerated over time, and this is connected with the domination of the industry by diversifiers from the radio industry. The patterns in all three industries are shown to be compatible with a theory of organisational birth and heredity proposed in Klepper (2003). JEL Classification: L65, R12, R30.

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Volume (Year): 97 bis (2006)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 135-158

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Handle: RePEc:cai:reofsp:reof_073_0135

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  1. Tobias Scholl & Thomas Brenner & Martin Wendel, 2012. "Evolving localization patterns of company foundations - Evidence from the German MST-industry," Working Papers on Innovation and Space 2012-05, Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography.
  2. Guido Buenstorf & Christina Guenther, 2007. "No Place like Home? Location choice and firm survival after forced relocation in the German machine tool industry," DRUID Working Papers 07-16, DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies.
  3. Thomas Brenner & André Mühlig, 2007. "Factors and Mechanisms Causing the Emergence of Local Industrial Clusters - A Meta-Study of 159 Cases," Papers on Economics and Evolution 2007-23, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Evolutionary Economics Group.

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