Industrial clusters as policies focuses

Vol. 21 No. 3 (2001)

Jul-Sep / 2001
Published July 1, 2001
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How to Cite

Suzigan, Wilson. 2001. “Industrial Clusters As Policies Focuses”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 21 (3):393-406.

Industrial clusters as policies focuses

Wilson Suzigan
Professor do Instituto de Economia da Universidade Estadual de Campinas – IE-UNICAMP e pesquisador do NEIT – Núcleo de Economia Industrial e da Tecnologia, IE/UNICAMP, Campinas/SP, Brasil.
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 21 No. 3 (2001), Jul-Sep / 2001, Pages 393-406


This paper, written as a keynote speech, is divided in two parts. The first part reviews the literature on industrial clustering focusing on policy implications. It argues that the theoretical complexity, which renders the subject difficult to formalize, and the want of empirical work do not authorize simplistic arguments pro or against policy interventions. For these reasons, policy implications are not yet fully explored in the literature. The second part of the paper suggests a research agenda for studying industrial clusters in Brazil, including the production of statistical evidence, empirical work and case studies as bases for designing policy guidelines.

JEL Classification: L60; O33; R23; R32.

Keywords: Industrial clustering industrial policy economic geography firm location