Archived — Occasional Paper Number 27—The Location of Higher Value-Added Activities, April 2001
Strategic Policy Sector
Economic Research and Policy Analysis Branch
This paper identifies and assesses the implications of industrial clustering for the location of new-economy activity in North America. Industrial clusters are characterized by a local market for specialized labour and other inputs, and by technological spillovers between firms in close proximity to one another. The paper discusses a number of determinants industrial clusters including proximity to research universities, an educated workforce, a competitive marketplace, a well developed knowledge and physical infrastructure, a concentration of specialized service providers and scope for contracting out business activities.
Catalogue number: C21-23/27-2001
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