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On the Ubiquitous Nature of the Agglomeration Economies and their Diverse Determinants: Some Notes

  • Giulio Bottazzi
  • Giovanni Dosi
  • Giorgio Fagiolo

This highly preliminary work attempts to study the multiple drivers of agglomeration phenomena in contemporary economies. First, we propose a tentative taxonomy of agglomeration drivers in which the conditions of knowledge accumulation play a paramount role. Second, we discuss the achievements and limitations of current theorizing on spatial location of economic activities. Third, we propose a simple model of firm agglomeration which is estimated on Italian data. Econometric results highlight the rich intersectoral diversity of agglomeration forces and their relative strength.

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Paper provided by Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM), Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy in its series LEM Papers Series with number 2001/10.

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Date of creation: 21 Dec 2001
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Handle: RePEc:ssa:lemwps:2001/10
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