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Vertical Industry Linkages: Sources of Productivity Gains and Cumulative Causation?

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  • Frode Steen

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In this paper we analyse vertical industry linkages and the extent to which these work as channels for externalities. First, activity based externalities stemming from output growth and output level in vertically linked industries are tested for. Second, we aim at revealing the importance of a large home market for upstream industries. Eventually, by comparing results on localised inter-industry externalities as well as significance of local sales linkages, we try to identify to what extent the geographical agglomeration of an industry is self-reinforcing. A number of Norwegian maritime transport and services sectors are analysed. The results are promising in the sense that the model distinguishes empirically between different sources of externalities, and unveils which vertical linkages that give rise to endogenous agglomeration.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Review of Industrial Organization.

Volume (Year): 21 (2002)
Issue (Month): 1 (August)
Pages: 3-20

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Handle: RePEc:kap:revind:v:21:y:2002:i:1:p:3-20

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Keywords: External economies of scale; industrial agglomeration; productivity growth;

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