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Why do creative industries cluster? An analysis of the determinants of clustering of creative industries

Luciana Lazzeretti (), Rafael Boix () and Francesco Capone ()

No 902, IERMB Working Paper in economics from Institut d'Estudis Regionals i Metropolitans de Barcelona

Abstract: Creative industries tend to concentrate mainly around large- and medium-sized cities, forming creative local production systems. The text analyses the forces behind clustering of creative industries to provide the first empirical explanation of the determinants of creative employment clustering following a multidisciplinary approach based on cultural and creative economics, evolutionary geography and urban economics. A comparative analysis has been performed for Italy and Spain. The results show different patterns of creative employment clustering in both countries. The small role of historical and cultural endowments, the size of the place, the average size of creative industries, the productive diversity and the concentration of human capital and creative class have been found as common factors of clustering in both countries.

Keywords: creative industries; creative local production systems; creative clusters; agglomeration economies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L22 L82 R12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30 pages
Date: 2009-04
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cul, nep-geo and nep-ure
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