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Les économies d'agglomération du savoir, plus qu'une question de spécialisation industrielle

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  • Sylvie Arbour
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    In the recent years, a vast body of urban economics literature has addressed the importance of industrial specialization and diversity in determining the nature of agglomeration economies. This literature has, however, not paid to much attention to the possibility that agglomeration economies exist in part because workers can learn from their occupational peers, no matter what industry they are in. This paper proposes a new approach that utilizes high tech occupation data to try to explain the existence of these economies. Overall, our econometrics results seem to confirm the fact that occupational specialization, occupational diversity and the size effect foster the accumulation, diffusion and internalization of knowledge, which would increase North American high tech workers?productivity.

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    Article provided by Armand Colin in its journal Revue d’Économie Régionale & Urbaine.

    Volume (Year): décembre (2008)
    Issue (Month): 5 ()
    Pages: 647-669

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    Handle: RePEc:cai:rerarc:reru_085_0647

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    Keywords: labour productivity; knowledge spillovers; human capital;

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