SOTA Review

Identifying Clusters – A Review of Methodological Approaches. SOTA No 9

Although a seemingly intuitive concept, the identification of clusters involves a number of complexities linked to (1) the cluster definition (the industry boundaries) and (2) the spatial determination of clusters. Over the last 20 years, researchers have proposed a range of methods to address both aspects. The choice of cluster identification method will depend on the policy question, geographical context, type of industries under investigation and, importantly, data availability.

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