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Productivity growth and job creation in the development process of industrial clusters

Tetsushi Sonobe (), Yuki Higuchi and Keijiro Otsuka ()

No 6280, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank

Abstract: Poor management has long been suspected as a major constraint on job creation in the manufacturing sector in low-income countries. In this sector, countless micro and small enterprises in industrial clusters account for a large share of employment. This paper examines the roles of industrial clusters, managerial capacities, and entrepreneurship in improving productivity and creating jobs, by reviewing the literature and case studies, including recent experiments. It finds that managerial capacities are a major determinant of firms'employment sizes and productivity growth, and that it is high innovative capacities, accompanied by high managerial capacities, that boost cluster-based industrial development.

Keywords: Labor Policies; Labor Markets; E-Business; Microfinance; Economic Theory&Research (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-11-01
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