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Production Chains: Spinal Cord of Mexico’s Industrial Clusters


  • Christian Enmanuel Laguna Reyes

    () (Profesor de cátedra en el ITESM-CEM y coordinador de la Academia de Economía del Desarrollo Regional en la ESE-IPN.)


On these current days, the world’s economic map is dominated by clusters or economic groupings, present in almost all geographical levels, which have demonstrated to be critical masses with an unusual success on specific fields. Such clusters are groupings of firms and related institutions that compete, and at the same time cooperate. In this new context of economic activity organization, industrial groupings (clusters) are fundamental, and their performance has become a key factor for cities’, regions’ and nations’ competitive advantages. In this paper, I analyze and implement a methodology that identifies benchmark clusters, useful for applied regional based economic studies. The approach addressed here, applied to the Mexican economy, is based on Feser and Bergman’s methodology, and an extension due to Rey and Mattheis.

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  • Christian Enmanuel Laguna Reyes, 2010. "Production Chains: Spinal Cord of Mexico’s Industrial Clusters," Economía Mexicana NUEVA ÉPOCA, , vol. 0(1), pages 119-170, January-J.
  • Handle: RePEc:emc:ecomex:v:19:y:2010:i:1:p:119-170

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    productive chains; industrial clusters; input-output; Mexico; principal components.;

    JEL classification:

    • L53 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Enterprise Policy
    • L6 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing
    • N96 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - Latin America; Caribbean
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • R15 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Econometric and Input-Output Models; Other Methods


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