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How Important Are Agglomeration Economies: A Case Study Of Romanian Industrial Clusters


  • Valentin COJANU

    () (Academy of Economic Studies, Piata Romana 6, 010374 Bucuresti, Romania,)

  • Dragos PÎSLARU

    () (GEA Strategy & Consulting, Str. Londra 33, Bucuresti, Romania)


The present research aims to contribute to the discussion on the importance of agglomeration economies through a case study on Romanian industrial concentrations. The material presents the results of the analysis of industrial geographic groups. Based on the methodology recommended by the EU good practices, we have identified and classified, according to their importance, industrial agglomerations at national scale, by county administrative unit (NUTS 3) and by industrial sectors in 4 digit NACE classification. The analysis leads to a mapping of agglomerations by their geographical position, as well as to a hierarchy of agglomerations according to an evaluation scale with values between 0 (minimum) and 3 (maximum) stars, by indicators of size, specialization and concentration. The analysis of a performance indicator on export is also added to the discussion regarding the sectors’ capacity of competitive performance.

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  • Valentin COJANU & Dragos PÎSLARU, 2012. "How Important Are Agglomeration Economies: A Case Study Of Romanian Industrial Clusters," Review of Economic and Business Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, issue 9, pages 35-58, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:aic:revebs:y:2012:i:9:cojanuv

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    1. Zaman, Gheorghe & Antonescu, Daniela, 2015. "Endogenous regional growth and foreign trade, in Romania," MPRA Paper 64678, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    competitiveness; regional development; export performance; industry concentration;

    JEL classification:

    • L52 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Industrial Policy; Sectoral Planning Methods
    • M20 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Economics - - - General
    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General


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