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Agglomerative Forces and Cluster Shapes

William Kerr () and Scott Kominers

No 11-061, Harvard Business School Working Papers from Harvard Business School

Abstract: We model spatial clusters of similar firms. Our model highlights how agglomerative forces lead to localized, individual connections among firms, while interaction costs generate a defined distance over which attraction forces operate. Overlapping firm interactions yield agglomeration clusters that are much larger than the underlying agglomerative forces themselves. Empirically, we demonstrate that our model's assumptions are present in the structure of technology and labor flows within Silicon Valley and its surrounding areas. Our model further identifies how the lengths over which agglomerative forces operate influence the shapes and sizes of industrial clusters; we con.rm these predictions using variations across patent technology clusters.

Keywords: Agglomeration; Clusters; Networks; Industrial Organization; Silicon Valley; Entrepreneurship; Technology Flows; Patents. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J2 J6 L1 L2 L6 O3 R1 R3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-cse, nep-geo, nep-ipr, nep-pr~ and nep-ure
Date: 2010-12, Revised 2012-11
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