Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/48738
Authors: 
Borowiecki, Karol Jan
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Beiträge zur Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2011: Die Ordnung der Weltwirtschaft: Lektionen aus der Krise - Session: Spatial Approaches on Productivity, Social Capital and Racial Profiling F19-V2
Abstract: 
It is difficult to estimate the impact of geographic clustering on productivity because of endogeneity issues. I use birthplace-cluster distance as an instrumental variable for the incidence of clustering of prominent classical composers born between 1750 and 1899. I find that geographic clustering strongly impacts the productivity of the clustering individuals: composers were approx. 33 percentage points more productive while they remained in a geographic cluster. Top composers and composers who migrated to the cluster are the greatest beneficiaries of clustering. The benefit depends on the clustering intensity and has a long-term impact.
Subjects: 
geographic concentration
cities, mobility
productivity
urban history
composer
JEL: 
J24
J61
N90
Document Type: 
Conference Paper

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