Quotation Rigby, David L. and Essletzbichler, Jürgen. 2002. Agglomeration economies and productivity differences in US cities . Journal of Economic Geography 2 (4): S. 407-432.




Plant‐level data from the Longitudinal Research Database of the US Bureau of the Census are employed to estimate the impact of agglomeration economies on industry productivity across US metropolitan areas. This analysis seeks to remedy three shortcomings of previous empirical studies of agglomeration economies: reliance on aggregate spatial or sectoral data; lack of attention to spatial dependence in data; and representation of agglomeration economies with vague proxies such as city‐size. We show how a number of establishment‐, industry‐, and city‐specific factors influence labor productivity across US cities, and we pay particular attention to separating the influence of different kinds of agglomeration economies on firm efficiency. Here we follow Marshall's Principles of Economics in examining the spatial concentration of input–output linkages, the character of local labor pools and embodied technological spillovers.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Economic Geography
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, VW-B, WH-A
Language English
Title Agglomeration economies and productivity differences in US cities
Volume 2
Number 4
Year 2002
Page from 407
Page to 432
DOI 10.1093/jeg/2.4.407


Essletzbichler, Jürgen (Details)
Rigby, David L. (University of California Los Angeles, United States/USA)
Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1807 Economic geography (Details)
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