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Business Clusters And Government Policy: How Labor Re-organizes Itself

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Executive Summary

At a time when employment concerns are high from the financial crisis fall-out, entrepreneurship seems a logical focus. Can government control anything about how this manifests with stimulus monies, interest rates, or handouts? Are attempts to create business clusters - technology hubs and centers of business excellence - really doable? In new research, Chair of Entrepreneurship Maria Minniti and co-authors show how industrial clusters are formed and under what conditions they endure. Subsidies aimed at increasing manufacturing and diffusing innovations were found to be useless in promoting business clustering, particularly for large markets.

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