Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/80976
Authors: 
Howard, Emma
Newman, Carol
Thijssen, Jacco
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2011/87
Abstract: 
We present a new approach for the empirical investigation of agglomeration patterns. We examine the clustering of manufacturing firms by identifying patterns of spatial network formation that deviate from randomly generated networks. Using firm-level panel data from Vietnam we calculate transitivity, a measure to determine the strength of clustering of manufacturing firms. We then test whether the observed clustering of firms is greater than that of a randomly generated network. Our findings suggest that the extent of clustering is over and above that which can be attributed to the legal and regulatory framework, economic zoning, or population patterns.
Subjects: 
clustering
network formation
manufacturing firms
Vietnam
JEL: 
D21
D22
D85
L14
O12
O25
ISBN: 
978-929-230-454-6
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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