Agglomeration economies: new evidence on IT employment growth in Italy
This paper uses Local Labour Market Areas (LLMA) data to investigate the dynamics of employment in the Information Technology (IT) sector in Italy 2001-2005. Adopting the framework suggested by Glaeser et al. (1992) and Combes (2000), the aim is to test if agglomeration forces might significantly affect IT local growth. The basic OLS results are broadly consistent with those of earlier studies. In particular, IT employment growth is enhanced by industrial diversity (Jacobs externalities) and by plant size (economies of scale). At the same time, LLMAs with higher IT concentration are associated with lower employment growth rates. As a robustness check, quantile regression analysis is performed. This additional set of results reaveals that the role of agglomeration forces is different across IT growth levels.
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