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Measuring the Decline of a Marshallian Industrial District: The Birmingham Jewellery Quarter


  • Lisa De Propris
  • Luciana Lazzeretti


De Propris L. and Lazzeretti L. Measuring the decline of a Marshallian industrial district: the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter, Regional Studies. This paper presents the findings of a study on the decline of a typical Marshallian industrial district: the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter in the UK. The paper contributes to the current debate on clusters' life cycle by presenting a multidisciplinary methodology that combines historical and economic analyses with demography and organizational ecology models. The paper seeks to explore the patterns of firms' birth and mortality rates, as well as firm density across branches of production activities to measure and understand the decline of the Jewellery Quarter over the last decades. [image omitted] De Propris L. et Lazzeretti L. Mesurer le declin d'un district industriel du type Marshall: le quartier de la bijouterie a Birmingham, Regional Studies. Cet article cherche a presenter les resultats provenant d'une etude au sujet du declin d'un district industriel du type Marshall: a savoir, le quartier de la bijouterie a Birmigham (R-U). L'article contribue au debat actuel sur le cycle de vie des regroupements d'entreprises, en presentant une methodologie pluridisciplinaire qui associe des analyses chronologiques et economiques aux modeles de la demographie et de l'ecologie organisationnelle. On cherche a etudier la structure des taux de naissance et de deces des entreprises, ainsi que la densite du parc d'entreprises a travers des branches d'activites de production afin de mesurer et comprendre le declin du quartier de la bijouterie pendant les decennies recentes. Districts industriels du type Marshall Cycle de vie des regroupements Theorie ecologique De Propris L. und Lazzeretti L. Messung des Niedergangs eines Marshallschen Industriedistrikts: das Juwelierviertel von Birmingham, Regional Studies. In diesem Artikel werden die Ergebnisse einer Studie uber den Niedergang eines typischen Marshallschen Industriedistrikts vorgestellt, namlich des Juwelierviertels von Birmingham (GB). Der Artikel versteht sich als Beitrag zur aktuellen Debatte uber den Lebenszyklus von Clustern; hierfur prasentieren wir eine multidisziplinare Methodologie, in der historische und okonomische Analysen mit demografischen und organisationellen Okologiemodellen kombiniert werden. Wir untersuchen die Muster der Raten von Firmengrundungen und -schliessungen sowie die Firmendichte in verschiedenen Branchen der produzierenden Industrie, um den Niedergang des Juwelierviertels in den letzten Jahrzehnten zu messen und zu verstehen. Marshallsche Industriedistrikte Lebenszyklus von Clustern Okologische Theorie De Propris L. y Lazzeretti L. Medicion del declive de un distrito industrial marshalliano: el Jewellery Quarter de Birmingham, Regional Studies. En este articulo presentamos los resultados de un estudio sobre el declive de un distrito industrial marshalliano tipico: el Jewellery Quarter (barrio de las joyas) en Birmingham (RU). Aqui contribuimos al debate actual sobre el ciclo de vida de las aglomeraciones presentando una metodologia multidisciplinaria que combina los analisis historicos y economicos con los modelos demograficos y la ecologia organizativa. Lo que pretendemos es analizar los patrones de tasas de nacimientos y mortalidad de las empresas, asi como su densidad en todos los sectores de las actividades de produccion para medir y entender el declive del Jewellery Quarter en las ultimas decadas. Distritos industriales marshallianos Ciclo de vida de aglomeracion y teoria ecologica

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  • Lisa De Propris & Luciana Lazzeretti, 2009. "Measuring the Decline of a Marshallian Industrial District: The Birmingham Jewellery Quarter," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(9), pages 1135-1154.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:43:y:2009:i:9:p:1135-1154
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400802070894

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    1. Wagner, Alfred, 1891. "Marshall's Principles of Economics," History of Economic Thought Articles, McMaster University Archive for the History of Economic Thought, vol. 5, pages 319-338.
    2. Harald Bathelt & Andersand Malmberg & Peter Maskell, 2002. "Clusters and Knowledge Local Buzz, Global Pipelines and the Process of Knowledge Creation," DRUID Working Papers 02-12, DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies.
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    1. Luciana Lazzeretti & Francesco Capone, 2017. "The transformation of the Prato industrial district: an organisational ecology analysis of the co-evolution of Italian and Chinese firms," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 58(1), pages 135-158, January.
    2. Frank Giarratani & Geoffrey J.D. Hewings & Philip McCann (ed.), 2013. "Handbook of Industry Studies and Economic Geography," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 3542.
    3. Francisco Puig & Belen Garcia-Mora & Cristina Santamaria, 2011. "Survival of the firm and territory," ERSA conference papers ersa11p197, European Regional Science Association.
    4. Fiorenza Belussi & Lisa De Propris, 2013. "They are industrial districts, but not as we know them!," Chapters,in: Handbook of Industry Studies and Economic Geography, chapter 20, pages 479-492 Edward Elgar Publishing.
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    6. Ron Martin & Peter Sunley, 2011. "Conceptualizing Cluster Evolution: Beyond the Life Cycle Model?," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(10), pages 1299-1318, November.


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