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Empresas y distritos industriales en el mercado mundial: una aproximación desde la historia económica

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  • Jordi Catalan

    () (Universitat de Barcelona)

  • José Antonio Miranda

    () (Universidad de Alicante)

  • Ramón Ramón-Muñoz

    () (Universitat de Barcelona)

Abstract

This paper deals with the contribution of industrial districts and clusters to the creation of competitive advantage in industry. It is divided into two well-differentiated parts. The first one provides an interpretative summary of key issues in the analysis of the geographic concentration of industry. In particular, some of the main interpretations and debates on the causes and characteristics of this concentration are presented. Additionally, it pays particular attention to the ongoing debate about the role of external economies (i.e. the externalities of industrial concentration) and internal economies (i.e. the strategies and capabilities of medium-large firms) in the competitiveness of districts and clusters. The second part of the paper reviews some recent studies, mostly focused on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spain. This review, which includes historical analyses of districts, clusters and industries with export capacity, is undertaken in the light of the discussion in the first part of this study. An interesting conclusion that emerges from the studies reviewed is that in Southern Europe the competitive advantage of the geographically concentrated industry appears to have been associated more with hub-firm clusters than with neo-Marshallian districts (Main text in Spanish)

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  • Jordi Catalan & José Antonio Miranda & Ramón Ramón-Muñoz, 2011. "Empresas y distritos industriales en el mercado mundial: una aproximación desde la historia económica," Documentos de Trabajo (DT-AEHE) 1103, Asociacion Espa–ola de Historia Economica.
  • Handle: RePEc:ahe:dtaehe:1103
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    1. Josean Garrués Irurzun & Juan Antonio Rubio Mondéjar, 2011. "Redes empresariales e integración económica regional en perspectiva histórica: el caso de Andalucía," FEG Working Paper Series 04/11, Faculty of Economics and Business (University of Granada).

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    Keywords

    industrial districts; clusters; competitive advantage; externalities; leading firms; economic history; industrial economics.;

    JEL classification:

    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • N00 - Economic History - - General - - - General
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
    • 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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