An exploration of the contribution of local labour market areas to the analysis of regional clusters

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Título: An exploration of the contribution of local labour market areas to the analysis of regional clusters
Autor/es: Casado-Díaz, José M. | Taltavull de La Paz, Paloma
Grupo/s de investigación o GITE: Territorio y Movilidad. Mercados de Trabajo y Vivienda
Centro, Departamento o Servicio: Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Interuniversitario de Economía Internacional | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Análisis Económico Aplicado | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Universitario de Investigaciones Turísticas
Palabras clave: Local labour markets | Regional clusters | Industrial districts | Commuting | Functional areas | Valencia | Spain | Travel-to-work areas
Área/s de conocimiento: Economía Aplicada
Fecha de creación: 6-mar-2003
Fecha de publicación: 1-nov-2007
Resumen: This paper explores the use of local labour market areas (LLMAs) as an instrument for the analysis of the territorial dimension of industrial clusters. It concentrates on the labour market aspects of clusters and then discusses the usefulness of LLMAs as a territorial basis for the delineation and analysis of regional industrial clusters in several aspects, including their evolution across time. The paper also intends to contribute to the empirical analysis of industrial clusters in Spain. Thus it briefly surveys the research carried out in Spain on commuting and provides a territorial framework for the analysis of regional industrial clusters in Valencia, one of the Spanish regions that have attracted more attention in relation to this issue, and one of the few regions where this analysis can be carried out in absence of data for the whole country. For so doing a set of functional areas is proposed, based on the use of commuting flow data to conduct a regionalisation exercise to define local labour market areas (LLMAs). LLMAs are delineated so that the majority of the interaction between workers seeking jobs and employers recruiting labour occurs within their boundaries (i.e. to define boundaries across which relatively few people travel between home and work). This set of areas is produced for the aggregate population, and specific LLMAs are delimited for workers in the service and manufacturing industries, and for manual supervisors and skilled manual workers.
Descripción: Paper prepared for the Workshop on Spatial Networks and Clusters. Urban and Regional Prosperity in a Globalised Economy, University Rovira i Virgili, Reus (Spain). March 6-8, 2003.
Patrocinador/es: The authors belong to the research network Territory and mobility (, partially funded by the Regional Government of Catalonia (ref. 2002/XT/00101). The paper is partially based in research supported by the Regional Government of Valencia (ref. GV00-081-8).
Idioma: eng
Tipo: Other
Revisión científica: no
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