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The Economics of Clusters: Lessons from the French Experience

Gilles Duranton, Philippe Martin, Thierry Mayer, and Florian Mayneris


Cluster policies have become very popular among policy makers over the last thirty years. However, the mechanisms at work behind cluster dynamics, the gains that can be expected from more clustering, and the determinants of cluster policies that are implemented are not so clear. This book addresses these issues theoretically and empirically on the French case. Studying France is interesting because there is a long tradition of strong government intervention regarding the location of economic activity and because French cluster initiatives are more or less unified across the country. From a the ... More

Keywords: clusters, cluster policies, agglomeration, agglomeration economies, regional development, spatial externalities, firm‐level performance, productivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199592203
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592203.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gilles Duranton, author
Professor and Noranda Chair in Economics, University of Toronto, Canada

Philippe Martin, author
Professor of Economics, Sciences-Po, Paris, France

Thierry Mayer, author
Professor of Economics, Sciences-Po, and scientific advisor at CEPII, France