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Provincial Clustering In The South Of Thailand: Conceptual And Empirical


  • Kiatkajon CHAIRAT

    () (Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand. Corresponding author: Kiatkajon Chairat Tel: +6681 870 0219)


    (Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand.)

  • Supachart SUKHAROMANA

    (Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand.)


This paper aims to determine the cluster of 14 provinces in the Southern part of Thailand. We formulated 24 indicators for provincial clustering based on three major concepts: spatial, functional, and micro-foundational. Factor analysis shows that 10 of these indicators significantly determine provincial clustering. Cluster analysis obviously categorises 14 provinces into five cases of three to seven provincial clusters. In each case, the formation of groups is determined using the proximity criteria. Discrimination analysis helps to classify the most appropriate form, and in each case shows that suggested clusters three and four are appropriate for provincial clustering.

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  • Kiatkajon CHAIRAT & Sumalee SANTIPOLVUT & Supachart SUKHAROMANA, 2015. "Provincial Clustering In The South Of Thailand: Conceptual And Empirical," Regional Science Inquiry, Hellenic Association of Regional Scientists, vol. 0(1), pages 55-67, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:hrs:journl:v:vii:y:2015:i:1:p:55-67

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    Geographical cluster; Provincial clustering; Agglomeration effect;

    JEL classification:

    • N95 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - Asia including Middle East
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy


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