Zooming In: A Practical Manual for Identifying Geographic Clusters
AbstractThis paper takes a close look at the reasons, procedures, and results of cluster identification methods. Despite being a popular research topic in strategy, economics, and sociology, geographic clusters are often studied with little consideration given to the underlying economic activities, the unique cluster boundaries, or the appropriate benchmark of economic concentration. Our goal is to increase awareness of the complexities behind cluster identification, and to provide concrete insights and methodologies applicable to various empirical settings. The organic cluster identification methodology we propose is especially useful when researchers work in global settings, where data available at different geographic units complicates comparisons across countries.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Harvard Business School in its series Harvard Business School Working Papers with number 14-042.
Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2013
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- NEP-ALL-2013-12-06 (All new papers)
- NEP-CSE-2013-12-06 (Economics of Strategic Management)
- NEP-GEO-2013-12-06 (Economic Geography)
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