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Title: Tech Clusters

Author(s): William R. Kerr and Frédéric Robert-Nicoud

Publication Date: November 2019

Keyword(s): agglomeration, Clusters, entrepreneurship, Innovation and patents

Programme Area(s): International Trade and Regional Economics

Abstract: Tech clusters like Silicon Valley play a central role for modern innovation, business competitiveness, and economic performance. This paper reviews what constitutes a tech cluster, how they function internally, and the degree to which policy makers can purposefully foster them. We describe the growing influence of advanced technologies for businesses outside of traditional tech fields, the strains and backlash that tech clusters are experiencing, and emerging research questions for theory and empirical work.

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Kerr, W and Robert-Nicoud, F. 2019. 'Tech Clusters'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.