We are grateful to two anonymous referees for their useful comments and suggestions. All errors and omissions remain our own responsibility.
THE OPTIMAL DISTANCE TO PORT FOR EXPORTING FIRMS*
Article first published online: 13 MAR 2009
© 2009, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Regional Science
Volume 49, Issue 3, pages 513–528, August 2009
How to Cite
Gries, T., Naudé, W. and Matthee, M. (2009), THE OPTIMAL DISTANCE TO PORT FOR EXPORTING FIRMS. Journal of Regional Science, 49: 513–528. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9787.2008.00599.x
- Issue published online: 3 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 13 MAR 2009
- Received: November 2007; revised: May 2008; accepted: June 2008.
ABSTRACT Success in international trade depends, among other things, on distance from markets. Most new economic geography models focus on the distance between countries. In contrast, much less theorizing and empirical analysis have focused on how distances within a country—for instance, due to the location behavior of exporting firms—matter to international trade. In this paper, we contribute to the literature on the latter by offering a theoretical model to explain the optimal distance that an export-oriented firm would locate from a port. We present empirical evidence in support of the model.