Urban Attributes and Regional Differences in Productivity: Evidence from the External Economics of Brazilian Micro-regions from 2000 - 2010

Rodrigo Ferreira Simões, Elton Eduardo Freitas

Abstract


This study aims to identify the extent to which the local productive structure of a city leverages external economies of scale. Formal employment data is grouped into segments according to its level of technological intensity. The model is estimated using panel data. The results suggest evidences of local externalities like location/MAR and urbanization/Jacobs. The results also indicate that the Medium-High- and High-Technology industry segments have advantages only in diversified urban centers, while the Low- and Medium-Low-Technology industries have more advantages in intermediate-sized urban centers, specialized in few industrial activities.


Keywords


External economies; Productivity; Urban attributes.

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