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A Stochastic Theory of Geographic Concentration and the Empirical Evidence in Germany

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  • T. Brenner

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A stochastic model of the evolution of the firm population in a region and industry is developed. This model is used to make predictions about the expected probability distribution of the firm number in regions and their dynamics. Data on the spatial distribution of firms in Germany is used to check the predictions and estimate the parameters of the model. This is done for 196 industries separately.

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Paper provided by Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography in its series Papers on Economics and Evolution with number 2005-23.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2006
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Handle: RePEc:esi:evopap:2005-23

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Keywords: geographic concentration; industry dynamics; local clusters; empirical methodology.;

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