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Agri-food clusters: Does French policy match with real spatial dynamics?


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  • Karine Daniel
  • Nejla BEN ARFA
  • Sylvain AMISSE
  • Fanny FONTAINE


In this paper, we attempt to ascertain to what extent the clusters identified in the agricultural and agri-food space rely on a spatial dynamic involving real agricultural and agri-food activities in the relevant geographic area. We use explanatory spatial data analysis (ESDA) to detect the spatial structure and dynamics of agri-food activities and to connect them to the competitiveness clusters’ locations. Results show that the six clusters specifically studied have different profiles because of their proximity to dynamic areas of agricultural and agri-food production and because of their collaborations with other clusters. Keywords: French Competitiveness Clusters, spatial analysis, inter cluster collaboration.

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Paper provided by European Regional Science Association in its series ERSA conference papers with number ersa11p1848.

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Date of creation: Sep 2011
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Handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwrsa:ersa11p1848

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  2. Shinichi Furuzawa & Lily Kiminami, 2011. "Theoretical and policy examinations concerning industrial clusters in Japan," ERSA conference papers ersa11p1850, European Regional Science Association.
  3. Nejla Ben Arfa & Carmen Rodriguez & Karine Daniel, 2009. "Dynamiques spatiales de la production agricole en France," Working Papers 37158, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France.
  4. Andre Torre & Alain Rallet, 2005. "Proximity and Localization," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(1), pages 47-59.
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