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California Dreamin': The Feeble Case for Cluster Policies

  • Gilles Duranton

    (University of Toronto)

This study examines the case for cluster policy. This case is theoretically ambiguous and empirically very weak.

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Article provided by Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis in its journal Review of Economic Analysis.

Volume (Year): 3 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 3-45

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