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What Geographical Concentration of Industries in the Tunisian Sahel? Empirical Evidence Using Distance‐Based Measures

Rawaa Laajimi, Julie Le Gallo () and Saloua Benammou
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Rawaa Laajimi: CESAER - Centre d'Economie et de Sociologie Rurales Appliquées à l'Agriculture et aux Espaces Ruraux - INRAE - Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement - AgroSup Dijon - Institut National Supérieur des Sciences Agronomiques, de l'Alimentation et de l'Environnement, Faculté des Sciences Economiques et de Gestion de Sousse, Université de Sousse, Tunisia
Saloua Benammou: Faculté des Sciences Economiques et de Gestion de Sousse, Université de Sousse, Tunisia

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Abstract: This paper examines the location patterns of manufacturing industries within the most developed regions of Tunisia, the Sahel. We use detailed micro-geographic data and the distance-based approach of Duranton and Overman. While the textile industry shows a high degree of geographical concentration, the high-tech industries are also among the most concentrated, meaning that the Tunisian Sahel gathers a specialised pool in these industries. We further analyse the location patterns of manufacturing sub-sectors: totally and partially exporting plants and domestic, mixed and foreign plants and show that totally exporting plants and foreign and mixed plants exhibit strong geographical concentration.

Keywords: Manufacturing industries; geographical concentration; continuous measures; Tunisia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-12
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Published in Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, Wiley, 2020, 111 (5), pp.738-757. ⟨10.1111/tesg.12412⟩

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DOI: 10.1111/tesg.12412

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