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National Industry Clusters: The Case of Turkey

Nese Kumral (), Sedef Akgüngör () and Aykut Lenger ()
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Sedef Akgüngör: Department of Economics, Dokuz Eylül University

No 612, Working Papers from Ege University, Department of Economics

Abstract: Industry clusters in a region represent a material basis for an innovation-based economy. The paper aims to explore the Turkish industry clusters by examining the inter-industry selling and purchasing relationships. The 1990 Turkish input-output table is used to identify the similarities between selling and purchasing patterns of 60 manufacturing industries and derive a matrix that describes the relative linkage between them. Principle component factor analysis reveals the presence of 12 distinct industry clusters. The largest cluster is the petroleum cluster, followed by vehicle and food and agricultural clusters. The firms within the identified clusters provide a potential to share technical information and knowledge transfer through formal or informal interactions.

Pages: 15 pages
Date: 2006-12
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