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Geographic Clustering and Productivity: An Instrumental Variable Approach for Classical Composers

  • Karol Jan BOROWIECKI

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    (Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin)

It is difficult to estimate the impact of geographic clustering on productivity because of endogeneity issues. I use birthplace-cluster distance as an instrumental variable for the incidence of clustering of prominent classical composers born between 1750 and 1899. I find that geographic clustering strongly impacts the productivity of the clustering individuals: composers were approx. 33 percentage points more productive while they remained in a geographic cluster. Top composers and composers who migrated to the cluster are the greatest beneficiaries of clustering. The benefit depends on the clustering intensity and has a long-term impact.

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Paper provided by Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics in its series Trinity Economics Papers with number tep0611.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2011
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Handle: RePEc:tcd:tcduee:tep0611
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