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Agglomeration, Industrial Districts and Industry Clusters: Foundations of the 20th Century Literature

Brett Anitra Gilbert

Foundations and Trends(R) in Entrepreneurship, 2016, vol. 12, issue 2, 95-162

Abstract: Since Alfred Marshall's acknowledgement of industry concentration within particular regions, a host of studies have emerged that shed light on the phenomena of agglomerations, industrial districts and industry clusters. This monograph overviews the foundation laid by this body of work. It highlights the academic voices that contribute to this strand of research, the geographic regions and industries of focus, as well as the overall themes that have been examined. These topics are discussed for studies published in the 20th Century literature, and are highlighted by decade so that the contributions of each decade of work are understood over time. The monograph concludes with a reflection on how this body of work extends Alfred Marshall's early thoughts on industry concentration.

Keywords: Agglomeration; Industrial districts; Industrial clusters; Geographic regions; Industry concentration; Clusters; Economic geography; or Entrepreneurial ecosystem (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L26 R58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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