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Productivity Improvement in the Specialized Industrial Clusters: The Case of the Japanese Silk-Reeling Industry

Yutaka Arimoto, Kentaro Nakajima () and Tetsuji Okazaki

No 16, PRIMCED Discussion Paper Series from Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University

Abstract: We examine two sources of productivity improvement in the specialized industrial clusters. Agglomeration improves the productivity of each plant through positive externalities, shifting plant-level productivity distribution to the right. Selection expels less productive plants through competition, truncating distribution on the left. By analyzing the data of the early twentieth century Japanese silk-reeling industry, we find no evidence confirming a right shift in the distribution in clusters or that agglomeration promotes faster productivity growth. These findings imply that the plant-selection effect was the source of higher productivity in the Japanese silk-reeling clusters.

Keywords: Economic geography; Heterogeneous firms; Selection; Productivity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R12 O18 L10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-12
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