The North of Portugal and GaliciaEvidence of Agglomeration of Economic Activity

  1. Vítor João Pereira Domingues Martinho 1
  2. Jesyca Salgado Barandela 2
  1. 1 Instituto Politécnico de Viseu

    Instituto Politécnico de Viseu

    Viseu, Portugal


  2. 2 Universidade de Vigo

    Universidade de Vigo

    Vigo, España


Revista portuguesa de estudos regionais

ISSN: 1645-586X

Ano de publicación: 2021

Número: 58

Páxinas: 117-134

Tipo: Artigo

Outras publicacións en: Revista portuguesa de estudos regionais


SCImago Journal Rank

  • Ano 2021
  • Impacto SJR da revista: 0.142
  • Cuartil maior: Q3
  • Área: Urban Studies Cuartil: Q3 Posición na área: 168/230
  • Área: Geography, Planning and Development Cuartil: Q4 Posición na área: 638/756
  • Área: Sociology and Political Science Cuartil: Q4 Posición na área: 1006/1327


  • Ciencias Sociais: B

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  • Ano 2021
  • CiteScore da revista: 0.5
  • Área: Urban Studies Percentil: 32
  • Área: Sociology and Political Science Percentil: 30
  • Área: Geography, Planning and Development Percentil: 17


The North of Portugal and Galicia are two neighbouring regions, from different countries, with a high potential for cooperation and the creation of common synergies across their several business sectors. From this framework, it is essential to further explore the main business clusters which operate in these two neighbouring regions having a different strategic and institutional base. Considering these motivations, the main objective of this study is to identify the main socioeconomic activities that operate in these two regions and to explore the spatial interrelationships between them. For this purpose, statistical information from the official institution for Statistics of Portugal and the Instituto Galego de Estatística, were both considered and disaggregated at municipal level, for the number of companies that operate in each municipality of these regions. These data were previously exploited through descriptive analysis and later with spatial autocorrelation approaches. This statistical information was, also, analysed through the models related with agglomeration processes from the New Economic Geography. The results which were obtained highlight the importance of the services for these two regions, but also, the industry, where the cooperation may be increased and improved, by taking advantages from spatial autocorrelation synergies.

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