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The Spatial Organization of Multinational Firms

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  • Fabrice Defever

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Using six years of firm-level data covering 224 regions of the enlarged European Union, we evaluate the importance to a firm of locating its activities (production, headquarters, R&D, logistics and sales) close together. We find that, after controlling for regional characteristics, being closely located to a previous investment positively affects firm location choice. However, the impact of distance is dependent on the type of investment (production or service). While within-firm co-location is important for both service and production activities, only production plants are likely to be located close to prior production investments. In this latter case, national borders have a surprisingly positive effect, increasing the probability of choosing a nearby location, but on the other side of the border.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Performance, LSE in its series CEP Discussion Papers with number dp1029.

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Keywords: Functional fragmentation; vertical linkages; location choice;

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  1. Strauss-Kahn, Vanessa & Vives, Xavier, 2006. "Why and where do headquarters move?," IESE Research Papers D/650, IESE Business School.
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  3. Davide Castellani & Giulio Giangaspero & Antonello Zanfei, 2013. "Heterogeneity and distance. Some propositions on how differences across regions, firms and functions affect the role of distance in FDI location decisions," Working Papers 1308, University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Department of Economics, Society & Politics - Scientific Committee - L. Stefanini & G. Travaglini, revised 2013.
  4. Riccardo Crescenzi & Carlo Pietrobelli & Roberta Rabellotti, 2012. "Innovation Drivers, Value Chains and the Geography of Multinational Firms in European Regions," LEQS – LSE 'Europe in Question' Discussion Paper Series 53, European Institute, LSE.
  5. Nobuaki Yamashita & Toshiyuki Matsuura & Kentaro Nakajima, 2014. "Agglomeration effects of inter-firm backward and forward linkages: evidence from Japanese manufacturing investment in China," Departmental Working Papers 2014-08, The Australian National University, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics.
  6. Fabrice Defever & Benedikt Heid & Mario Larch, 2011. "Spatial Exporters," CEP Discussion Papers dp1100, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.

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