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Multi-sectoral cluster modelling: the evaluation of Scottish enterprise cluster policy

Learmonth, David and Munro, Alison and Swales, J. Kim (2003) Multi-sectoral cluster modelling: the evaluation of Scottish enterprise cluster policy. European Planning Studies, 11 (5). pp. 567-584. ISSN 0965-4313

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This article describes the ex post cluster evaluation framework being developed by Scottish Enterprise. It focuses primarily on the macro level evaluation and, in particular, on the use of multi-sectoral modelling techniques to identify the effects of cluster policy on key indicators such as gross domestic product (GDP), unemployment and competitiveness. The Scottish Input-Output (I-O) table is a key element in this approach. The strengths and weaknesses of I-O data, both as a basis for this analysis and as a means of identifying important intra-cluster linkages are explored. Further, the article describes methods for visual representation of the linkages identified using such a method.