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Agri-food clusters: Does French policy match with real spatial dynamics?


  • Karine Daniel
  • Nejla BEN ARFA
  • Sylvain AMISSE
  • Fanny FONTAINE


In this paper, we attempt to ascertain to what extent the clusters identified in the agricultural and agri-food space rely on a spatial dynamic involving real agricultural and agri-food activities in the relevant geographic area. We use explanatory spatial data analysis (ESDA) to detect the spatial structure and dynamics of agri-food activities and to connect them to the competitiveness clusters' locations. Results show that the six clusters specifically studied have different profiles because of their proximity to dynamic areas of agricultural and agri-food production and because of their collaborations with other clusters. Keywords: French Competitiveness Clusters, spatial analysis, inter cluster collaboration.

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  • Karine Daniel & Nejla BEN ARFA & Sylvain AMISSE & Fanny FONTAINE, 2011. "Agri-food clusters: Does French policy match with real spatial dynamics?," ERSA conference papers ersa11p1848, European Regional Science Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwrsa:ersa11p1848

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    1. Nejla Ben Arfa & Carmen Rodriguez & Karine Daniel, 2009. "Dynamiques spatiales de la production agricole en France," Revue d'économie régionale et urbaine, Armand Colin, vol. 0(4), pages 807-834.
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    5. Shinichi Furuzawa & Lily Kiminami, 2011. "Theoretical and policy examinations concerning industrial clusters in Japan," ERSA conference papers ersa11p1850, European Regional Science Association.
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