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Path Dependence in Spatial Distribution of Economic Activity: Bad News for Empiric Research of Agglomeration Effects

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  • Kutsenko, E.

    (Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, National Research University - Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)

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It is considered that concentrations of economic activity in the market economy are formed according to the balance of agglomeration effects. Actually this scientific idealization is far from a reality. Agglomeration effects change much faster, than spatial distribution of economic activity. This phenomenon can be well described by the path dependency theory. Despite such problems it is supposed in empirical papers that concentration of the enterprises or employment is a good proxy variable for agglomeration effects.

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  • Kutsenko, E., 2012. "Path Dependence in Spatial Distribution of Economic Activity: Bad News for Empiric Research of Agglomeration Effects," Journal of the New Economic Association, New Economic Association, vol. 14(2), pages 10-26.
  • Handle: RePEc:nea:journl:y:2012:i:14:p:10-26
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    Keywords

    spatial distribution of economic activity; agglomeration effects; path dependency;

    JEL classification:

    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • B0 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - General
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General

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