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We show that it is not necessarily the presence of clusters themselves but rather how they interact with each other that can lead to an urban area having a persistent economic advantage over its peers.

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Industry clusters are nearly every economic developers favorite policy buzzword these days, but how much do they actually matter for explaining urban economic growth? Our work provides a framework for addressing this question empirically rooted in growth accounting principles and gives nuance to what it means to have a cluster and how economic development policy can support growth based on an urban area's industry composition.

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This page is a summary of: Explaining urban economic growth through cluster complementarity, Growth and Change, November 2019, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/grow.12340.
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