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Geographical concentration, entrepreneurship and regional growth: Evidence from regional data in Sweden, 1975-99
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Economics .
Center for Business/Policy Studies, SNS, Box 5629, SE-114 86 Stockholm, Sweden.
2004 (English)In: Regional studies, ISSN 0034-3404, Vol. 38, no 8, 929-947 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper implements Swedish data cross-tabulated on 143 industries (four-digit level) and 70 labour market regions for 1975-99 to examine empirically the degree of concentration in the production of goods and services, the relationship between concentration and regional growth, and the role of regional entrepreneurship. To our knowledge, these issues have not been analysed previously at this level of aggregation. Ellison-Glaeser indexes and Gini location quotients reveal a geographical concentration in Swedish industry that is stronger than in the USA. The econometric results imply a 2-6% higher growth in regionally concentrated industries. The effect is more pronounced for knowledge-intensive manufacturing, network industries and industries intensively using raw material. It is also found that regional entrepreneurship and regional absorption capacity are important explanations of regional growth, whereas the impact of the skill-level and economies of scale is more mixed. © 2004 Regional Studies Association.

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2004. Vol. 38, no 8, 929-947 p.
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Enrepreneurship, Geographic concentration, Regional growth, Skills
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-45595DOI: 10.1080/0034340042000280947OAI: diva2:266491
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2011-01-12

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