Does Light Touch Cluster Policy Work? Evaluating the Tech City Programme
Max Nathan ()
CEP Discussion Papers from Centre for Economic Performance, LSE
Despite academic scepticism, cluster policies remain popular with policymakers. This paper evaluates the causal impact of a flagship UK technology cluster programme. I build a simple framework and identify effects using difference-in-differences and synthetic controls on rich microdata. I further test for timing, cross-space variation, scaling and churn channels. The policy grew and densified the cluster, but has had more mixed effects on tech firm productivity. I also find most policy 'effects' began before rollout, raising questions about the programme's added value.
Keywords: cities; clusters; technology; economic development; synthetic controls (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L53 L86 O31 R30 R50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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