Discussion paper

DP14143 Tech Clusters

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.


Kerr, W and F Robert-Nicoud (2019), ‘DP14143 Tech Clusters‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 14143. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp14143