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The Identification of Regional Industrial Clusters Using Qualitative Input-Output Analysis

  • Mirko Titze
  • Matthias Brachert
  • Alexander Kubis

The ‘cluster theory’ has become one of the main concepts promoting regional competitiveness, innovation, and growth. As most studies focus on measures of concentration of one industrial branch in order to identify regional clusters, the appropriate analysis of specific vertical relations within a value-adding chain is developing in this discussion. This paper tries to identify interrelated sectors via national input-output tables with the help of Minimal Flow Analysis by Schnabl (1994). The regionalization of these national industry templates is carried out with the allocation of branch-specific production values on regional employment. As a result, the paper shows concentrations of vertical clusters in only 27 of 439 German NUTS-3 regions.

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Paper provided by Halle Institute for Economic Research in its series IWH Discussion Papers with number 13.

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