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Information and communication technologies and geographic concentration of manufacturing industries: Evidence from China

Junjie Hong and Shihe Fu ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: Using the 2004 China economic census database, this paper examines the impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) on the geographic concentration of manufacturing industries, controlling for other determinants of industrial agglomeration. Higher geographic concentration is found consistently in industries where ICT are more widely adopted, and the association is stronger at higher geographic levels. Furthermore, young firms that have adopted ICT, although they are more footloose, contribute to industrial agglomeration. High-tech industries with advanced ICT also tend to agglomerate. Contrary to the prevalent argument that ICT lead to more dispersion, our study suggests that ICT promote industrial agglomeration.

Keywords: Information and communication technologies; Geographic concentration; Agglomeration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R12 R32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008-03-08
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cna, nep-geo, nep-ict, nep-tra and nep-ure
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