Quantitative assessments of the spatial distribution of business clusters in Ireland
by Walter Foley; Harutyun Shahumyan; Brendan Williams
International Journal of Business Intelligence and Data Mining (IJBIDM), Vol. 12, No. 3, 2017

Abstract: This research aims to provide a robust evidence base contributing to improving the quality of policy formation from local to national level in Ireland. The distributions of businesses within key economic sectors in Ireland are explored aiming to find clustering effects occurring across the country. The density mapping and hot spot analysis approaches were applied to find statistically significant clusters of companies for specific business sectors. The research was implemented in collaboration with Dublin Regional Authority and Dublin City Council to inform key policy makers in Ireland. It assists in the assessments of the nationwide spatial distribution of economic activities adding to the overall body of evidence on business intensive regions. The results show the continued statistically proven significance of the main urban growth centres or gateways as key centres for the main business sectors in Ireland, while public policy has prioritised rebalancing economic development to other regions.

Online publication date: Mon, 10-Jul-2017

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