EMPIRICAL STUDIES IN INDUSTRIAL LOCATION: AN ASSESSMENT OF THEIR METHODS AND RESULTS

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  • This research was financially supported by grants SEJ2007-64605/ECON and SEJ2007-65086/ECON as well as by the “Xarxa de Referència d'R+D+I en Economia i Polítiques Públiques” of the Catalan Government. We are grateful to P. McCann, I. Mariotti and E. Viladecans for helpful discussions on the topic, and to seminar participants at the 48th ERSA Conference (University of Liverpool) and the 11th EUNIP Conference (Orkestra & University of Deusto). We also wish to thank Mark Partridge, co-editor of this journal, and three anonymous referees for their helpful comments. Any errors are of course our own.

Abstract

ABSTRACT This paper surveys recent evidence on the determinants of (national and/or foreign) industrial location. We find that the basic analytical framework has remained essentially unaltered since the early contributions of the early 1980s while, in contrast, there have been advances in the quality of the data (more firm and plant level information, geographical disaggregation, panel structure, etc.) and, to a lesser extent, the econometric modeling. We also identify certain determinants (neoclassical and institutional factors) that tend to provide largely consistent results across the reviewed studies. In light of this evidence, we finally suggest future lines of research.

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