The Logic of Agglomeration

Forthcoming in Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography, edited by Gordon Clark, Maryann Feldman, Meric Gertler, and Dariusz Wojcik

Harvard Business School Entrepreneurial Management Working Paper No. 16-037

22 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2015

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Gilles Duranton

University of Pennsylvania - Real Estate Department

William Kerr

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit

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Date Written: July 2015

Abstract

This review discusses frontier topics in economic geography as they relate to firms and agglomeration economies. We focus on areas where empirical research is scarce but possible. We first outline a conceptual framework for city formation that allows us to contemplate what empiricists might study when using firm-level data to compare the functioning of cities and industries with each other. We then examine a second model of the internal structure of a cluster to examine possibilities with firm-level data for better exposing the internal operations of clusters. An overwhelming theme of our review is the vast scope for enhancements of our picture of agglomeration with the new data that are emerging.

Keywords: Agglomeration, clusters, cities, innovation

JEL Classification: J2, J6, L1, L2, L6, O1, O3, R1, R3

Suggested Citation

Duranton, Gilles and Kerr, William R., The Logic of Agglomeration (July 2015). Forthcoming in Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography, edited by Gordon Clark, Maryann Feldman, Meric Gertler, and Dariusz Wojcik; Harvard Business School Entrepreneurial Management Working Paper No. 16-037. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2667568 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2667568

Gilles Duranton

University of Pennsylvania - Real Estate Department ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104-6330
United States

William R. Kerr (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit ( email )

Soldiers Field Road
Morgan 270C
Boston, MA 02163
United States

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