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On the Relative Importance of Agglomeration Economies in the Location of FDI Across British Regions

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  • Jonathan Jones
  • Colin Wren
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    The paper examines the relative importance for industrial location of production linkages and knowledge spillovers, distinguishing between intermediate and non-intermediate goods that are backwards or forwards in nature. A novel approach is used to construct proxies for non-intermediate goods at a sub-national industry level based on an Input-Output transaction table. Taking data on location decisions by foreign-owned plants across British regions over 1985-2007, the paper finds support for the new economic geography explanation of location based on linkages over that due to spillovers. However, the importance of intermediate and non-intermediate linkages differs between manufacturing and service industries.

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    Paper provided by Spatial Economics Research Centre, LSE in its series SERC Discussion Papers with number 0089.

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    Keywords: Industrial location; agglomeration economies; intermediate goods; FDI;

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    1. Colin Wren, 2011. "Geographic Concentration and the Temporal Scope of Agglomeration Economics: An Index Decomposition," SERC Discussion Papers 0094, Spatial Economics Research Centre, LSE.
    2. Wren, Colin, 2012. "Geographic concentration and the temporal scope of agglomeration economies: An index decomposition," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(4), pages 681-690.

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