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Evidence on the Geographic Concentration of German Industries: Do High-Tech Clusters Really Matter?

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  • Björn Alecke
  • Christoph Alsleben
  • Frank Scharr
  • Gerhard Untiedt

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The agglomeration of industries has received much interest both in empirical and theoretical work in recent time. Especially in Germany politicians became inspired by the notion of high-technology industry clusters and German regional policy has seen a wave of initiatives aiming at the formation of such clusters. This papers explorers in a systematic w ay the geographic concentration of German manufacturing industries and relates it to industry characteristics and agglomeration forces proposed by theory. The main finding is that there is no general relationship between agglomeration and R&D or high-technology related business which suggests that hope put in the fast and effective development of "high-tech" clusters might be disappointed.

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  • Björn Alecke & Christoph Alsleben & Frank Scharr & Gerhard Untiedt, 2003. "Evidence on the Geographic Concentration of German Industries: Do High-Tech Clusters Really Matter?," Discussion Papers in Economics 03_04, University of Dortmund, Department of Economics.
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    1. Barrios, Salvador & Bertinelli, Luisito & Eric, Strobl & Antonio Carlos, Teixeira, 2003. "Agglomeration Economies and the Location of Industries: A comparison of Three small European Countries," MPRA Paper 5704, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Luisito Bertinelli & Jehan Decrop, 2005. "Geographical agglomeration: Ellison and Glaeser's index applied to the case of Belgian manufacturing industry," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(5), pages 567-583.

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