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Agglomeration versus Fragmentation:A Comparison of East Asia and Europe

Kazunobu Hayakawa (), Ji Zheng and Ayako Obashi ()

No 212, IDE Discussion Papers from Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO)

Abstract: Inspired by the observed contrasting patterns of industrial distribution in East Asia and Europe,this paper conducts an empirical clarification of the difference in spatial relationships amongcountries within a region for the electric machinery industry by use of spatial econometricanalysis. The results indicate that, while production in the electric machinery industry in acountry is positively correlated with that of neighboring countries in East Asia, there is nosignificant spatial correlation in Europe. Such a difference in spatial interdependence hasimportant implications for economic development in those regions.

Keywords: Agglomeration; Fragmentation; East Asia; Europe; Local industry; Electric industries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N64 N65 R11 R12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo, nep-sea and nep-ure
Date: 2009-08-01
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Published in IDE Discussion Paper = IDE Discussion Paper, No. 212. 2009-08-01

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