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Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie

The German Journal of Economic Geography

Editor-in-Chief: Henn, Sebastian / Thomi, Walter

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Volume 59, Issue 3


Die Treiber der räumlichen Emergenz und Konzentration der Photovoltaik- Industrie in Deutschland

Moritz Breul / Tom Broekel / Matthias Brachert
Published Online: 2016-01-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zfw-2015-0301

The drivers of the spatial emergence and clustering of the photovoltaic industry in Germany. Following the relatedness literature, we explore to what extent related industries influenced the regional emergence of the photovoltaic (PV) industry. In addition, we shed light on factors explaining selective processes of clustering. We particularly argue that generic resources and resources of related activities have been crucial for the regional concentration in early phases of the industry life cycle. With increasing maturity, industry-specific resources became more important. Based on a unique dataset containing population dynamics of the German PV industry, the hypotheses are tested empirically. Our results partially confirm the assumed beneficial effects of related industries for the emergence of the PV industry. Moreover, we observe changes in the relative importance of factors supporting regional concentration, with industry-specific resources becoming dominant as the industry matures.

Keywords: related industries; regional branching; photovoltaic industry; emerging industries; industry life cycle

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Published Online: 2016-01-16

Published in Print: 2015-12-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie, Volume 59, Issue 3, Pages 133–150, ISSN (Online) 2365-7693, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zfw-2015-0301.

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