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A Spatial ICT Clusters in Sweden – An Empirical Method to Identify Necessary Conditions for Existence

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  • Karlsson, Charlie

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    (CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology)

  • Mellander, Charlotta

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    (CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology)

  • Paulsson, Thomas

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    (CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology)

Abstract

An empirical method to identify the existence of a spatial cluster is proposed. The method, based upon regression analysis, offers researchers to categorise regions, municipalities, or cities with respect to their over- or under-representation in number of establishments and employment for any arbitrary industry. It is suggested that a necessary condition for the existence of a cluster entails a significant overrepresentation in both the number of establishments as well as in employment for any given sector in a region. Furthermore, this over-representation should be related to the size of the region. The categorisation generated by the proposed method has evident policy implications for any region aiming at developing and supporting a potential or emerging cluster. This paper offers an analysis of the ICT-sector in Sweden, where the proposed method is used to identify potential clusters in the 81 Swedish functional regions. A comparison in time between 1990 and 2000 is also presented.

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Paper provided by Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation with number 12.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 24 Nov 2004
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:cesisp:0012

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Keywords: Industrial clusters; agglomeration; economies of scale; ICT sector; functional region; Sweden;

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  1. Burger, M.J. & van Oort, F.G. & van der Knaap, G.A., 2008. "A Treatise on the Geographical Scale of Agglomeration Externalities and the Modifiable Areal Unit Problem," ERIM Report Series Research in Management ERS-2008-076-ORG, Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), ERIM is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
  2. Mohammad Hosein Tavassoli, 2011. "A Comparative Investigation of Firms’ Innovative behaviors During Different Stages of the Cluster Life-Cycle (Cover study for PhD dissertation)," ERSA conference papers ersa10p1045, European Regional Science Association.

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