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Geographical Agglomeration in Australian Manufacturing


  • Anne Leahy
  • Alfons Palangkaraya
  • Jongsay Yong


Leahy A., Palangkaraya A. and Yong J. Geographical agglomeration in Australian manufacturing, Regional Studies. This paper investigates geographical agglomeration of Australian manufacturing industries from 1993-1994 to 1996-1997. It is found that although agglomeration increased substantially during the period, it was still less than in other developed economies such as the United States, the UK, France, and Ireland. Using a common industry classification and comparable spatial units, little correlation is found between Australian industries' agglomeration and that of Belgium, Ireland, and Portugal. However, for industries at the top and bottom ends of the agglomeration scale, a common pattern reflecting common drivers such as proximity to raw materials and production facilities is observed. [image omitted] Leahy A., Palangkaraya A. et Yong J. Le taux d'agglomeration geographique des industries australiennes, Regional Studies. Cet article cherche a etudier le taux d'agglomeration geographique des industries australiennes de 1993-1994 a 1996-1997. Il s'avere que le taux d'agglomeration reste inferieure a ce qu'elle ne l'est dans d'autres economies developpees, telles les Etats-Unis, le Royaume-Uni, la France et l'Irlande, malgre qu'elle s'intensifie sensiblement au cours de la periode en question. A partir d'un classement industriel commun et des delimitations geographiques comparables, il n'est qu'une correlation faible entre le taux d'agglomeration des industries australiennes et ceux de la Belgique, de l'Irlande, et du Portugal. Cependant, pour les industries en haut de et en bas de l'echelle des taux d'agglomeration, on note une distribution commune qui reflete des forces motrices, telles la proximite des matieres premieres et des installations de production. Taux d'agglomeration Concentration geographique Industries australiennes Leahy A., Palangkaraya A. und Yong J. Geografische Agglomeration im australischen Produktionswesen, Regional Studies. In diesem Beitrag untersuchen wir die geografische Agglomeration der produzierenden Industrien Australiens im Zeitraum von 1993-1994 bis 1996-1997. Wir stellen fest, dass die Agglomeration in diesem Zeitraum zwar erheblich zugenommen hat, doch immer noch niedriger ausfiel als in weniger entwickelten Wirtschaften, wie z. B. in den USA, Grossbritannien, Frankreich oder Irland. Mit Hilfe einer gemeinsamen Branchenklassifikation und vergleichbarer raumlicher Einheiten stellen wir fest, dass zwischen der Agglomeration der Industrien von Australien und der von Belgien, Irland und Portugal wenig Korrelation besteht. Allerdings ist fur Industrien am oberen und unteren Ende der Agglomerationsskala ein gemeinsames Muster zu beobachten, in dem sich gemeinsame Einflussfaktoren wie z. B. eine Nahe zu Rohstoffen und Produktionsanlagen widerspiegeln. Agglomeration Geografische Konzentration Australisches Produktionswesen Leahy A., Palangkaraya A. y Yong J. Aglomeracion geografica en el sector manufacturero australiano, Regional Studies. En este ensayo investigamos la aglomeracion geografica de las industrias manufacturas australianas de 1993-1994 a 1996-1997. Observamos que si bien la aglomeracion aumento sustancialmente durante el periodo, todavia era menor que en otras economias desarrolladas tales como las de los Estados Unidos, el Reino Unido, Francia e Irlanda. Usando una clasificacion industrial comun y unidades espaciales comparables, hallamos poca correlacion entre la aglomeracion de las industrias australianas y la de Belgica, Irlanda y Portugal. Sin embargo, para las industrias en los extremos superiores e inferiores de la escala de aglomeracion, observamos un modelo comun que refleja los desencadenantes comunes tales como la proximidad de materias primas e instalaciones de produccion. Aglomeracion Concentracion geografica Sector manufacturero australiano

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  • Anne Leahy & Alfons Palangkaraya & Jongsay Yong, 2010. "Geographical Agglomeration in Australian Manufacturing," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(3), pages 299-314.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:44:y:2010:i:3:p:299-314
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400902783248

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    Agglomeration; Geographic concentration; Australian manufacturing;

    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)


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