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Public Support for Clusters: A Case Study on French ‘Local Productive Systems’

Gilles Duranton, Philippe Martin, Thierry Mayer and Florian Mayneris

in The Economics of Clusters

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199592203
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595615 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592203.003.0005

Series: Studies of Policy Reform

Public Support for Clusters: A Case Study on French ‘Local Productive Systems’

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This chapter analyses empirically a public policy promoting industrial clusters in France. Cluster policies have become popular in many countries but have not been extensively evaluated empirically. The chapter uses data on production and employment for firms that benefited from the policy and for firms that did not, both before and after the policy started. It first shows that the policy selected firms in relative decline. Furthermore, the results suggest that the policy had no major effect either on their productivity or in terms of employment.

Keywords: clusters; cluster policies; localization economies; spatial concentration; productivity

Chapter.  5223 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Financial Markets

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