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Viewpoint: Agglomeration research in the age of disaggregation

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This paper selectively reviews recent research on the economics of agglomeration. Theory offers a long list of forces that might explain the spatial concentration of economic activity. The increased availability of disaggregated data - by firm, by worker, and by geographical unit - presents opportunities to substantially advance the understanding of urban growth and industrial clustering. At present, however, there remains great uncertainty about the forces that produce agglomeration. This suggests that public policy towards cities ought to be characterized by caution.

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  • William C. Strange, 2009. "Viewpoint: Agglomeration research in the age of disaggregation," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 42(1), pages 1-27, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:42:y:2009:i:1:p:1-27
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    1. Kristy Buzard & Gerald Carlino, 2013. "The geography of research and development activity in the US," Chapters,in: Handbook of Industry Studies and Economic Geography, chapter 16, pages 389-410 Edward Elgar Publishing.
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    7. Matthias Wrede, 2013. "Heterogeneous skills and homogeneous land: segmentation and agglomeration," Journal of Economic Geography, Oxford University Press, vol. 13(5), pages 767-798, September.
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    14. Marcelo Resende, 2015. "Industrial coagglomeration: some state-level evidence for Brazil [Industrial coagglomeration: some state-level evidence for Brazil]," Nova Economia, Economics Department, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil), vol. 25(1), pages 181-194, January-A.

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