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Economic Structure and Regional Performance in Germany, 2002--2007

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  • Alexander Kubis
  • Matthias Brachert
  • Mirko Titze

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This paper explores the impact of industrial clusters on regional growth at the German labour market region level using a regional convergence model. Based on the results of an exploratory study of the geography of German industrial clusters, we are able to differentiate the impact of industrial clustering from a horizontal and a vertical perspective while taking regional convergence into consideration. The results indicate that in addition to an all-German process of convergence, a specific East German one can be identified. The different types of industrial clusters show mixed effects within this framework. While vertically isolated industrial clusters have a negative impact on regional growth in this period, positive growth effects can be identified when industrial clusters show an intra-regional vertical interconnectedness.

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  • Alexander Kubis & Matthias Brachert & Mirko Titze, 2010. "Economic Structure and Regional Performance in Germany, 2002--2007," European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 20(2), pages 213-229, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eurpls:v:20:y:2010:i:2:p:213-229
    DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2012.650904
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