Spatial Patterns of Manufacturing Clusters in Vietnam

Discussion Papers

No.616

by Toshitaka GOKAN , Ikuo KUROIWA , Kentaro NAKAJIMA and Shozo SAKATA

August 2016

ABSTRACT

The formation of industrial clusters is critical for sustained economic growth. We identify the manufacturing clusters in Vietnam, using the Mori and Smith (2013) method, which indicates the spatial pattern of industrial agglomerations using the global extent (GE) and local density (LD) indices. Spatial pattern identification is extremely helpful because industrial clusters are often spread over a wide geographical area and the GE and LD indices—along with cluster mapping—display how the respective clusters fit into specific spatial patterns.

Keywords: Industrial agglomeration, Cluster analysis, Vietnam
JEL classification: L60, R12, R14

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