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Geographic Clustering and Productivity: An Instrumental Variable Approach for Classical Composers

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  • Karol Jan BOROWIECKI

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    (Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin)

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It is difficult to estimate the impact of geographic clustering on productivity because of endogeneity issues. I use birthplace-cluster distance as an instrumental variable for the incidence of clustering of prominent classical composers born between 1750 and 1899. I find that geographic clustering strongly impacts the productivity of the clustering individuals: composers were approx. 33 percentage points more productive while they remained in a geographic cluster. Top composers and composers who migrated to the cluster are the greatest beneficiaries of clustering. The benefit depends on the clustering intensity and has a long-term impact.

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Paper provided by Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics in its series Trinity Economics Papers with number tep0611.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2011
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Handle: RePEc:tcd:tcduee:tep0611

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Keywords: geographic concentration; cities; mobility; productivity; urban history; composer;

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  1. Karol Jan Borowiecki, 2013. "Conflict-induced migration of composers: an individual-level study," Cliometrica, Journal of Historical Economics and Econometric History, Association Française de Cliométrie (AFC), vol. 7(3), pages 237-266, September.
  2. Alan de BROMHEAD & Karol Jan BOROWIECKI, 2011. "Immigration and the demand for life insurance: Evidence from Canada, 1911," Trinity Economics Papers tep1511, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics.
  3. Karol J. Borowiecki, 2013. "Agglomeration Economies in Classical Music," ACEI Working Paper Series AWP-02-2013, the Association for Cultural Economics International, revised Sep 2013.
  4. Patrick Georges & Aylin Seçkin, 2013. "Black notes and white noise: a hedonic approach to auction prices of classical music manuscripts," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer, vol. 37(1), pages 33-60, February.
  5. Karol Jan BOROWIECKI & Georgios KAVETSOS, 2011. "Does Competition Kill? The Case of Classical Composers," Trinity Economics Papers tep1111, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics.
  6. Patrick Georges & Aylin Seçkin, 2012. "Auction Prices of Classical Music Manuscripts – A Hedonic Approach," Working Papers 1202E, University of Ottawa, Department of Economics.

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