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Urban Productivity: Who Benefits from Agglomeration Economies?

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  • Brown, W. Mark
  • Rigby, David

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There is abundant evidence that many firms cluster together in space and that there is an association between clustering and productivity. This paper moves beyond identifying the broad effects of clustering and explores how different types of firms benefit from agglomeration. It advances research on agglomeration by showing, first, that not all firms gain to the same degree from co-location and, second, that businesses with different internal capabilities capture different forms of geographical externalities. The empirical analysis focuses on Canadian manufacturing establishments operating over the period from 1989 to 1999.

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  • Brown, W. Mark & Rigby, David, 2013. "Urban Productivity: Who Benefits from Agglomeration Economies?," Economic Analysis (EA) Research Paper Series 2013084e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.
  • Handle: RePEc:stc:stcp5e:2013084e
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    Business ownership; Business performance and ownership; Economic accounts; Manufacturing; Productivity accounts;

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