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Where do manufacturing firms locate their headquarters?

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  • J. Vernon Henderson
  • Yukako Ono

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Firms’ headquarters [HQ] support their production activity, by gathering information and outsourcing business services, as well as, managing, evaluating, and coordinating internal firm activities. In search of a better location for these functions, firms often separate the HQ function physically from their production facilities and construct stand-alone HQs. By locating its HQ in a large, service oriented metro area away from its production facilities, a firm may be better able to out-source service functions in that local metro market and also to gather information about market conditions for their products. However if the firm locates the HQ away from its production activity, that increases the coordination costs in managing plant activities. In this paper we empirically analyze the trade-off of these two considerations.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in its series Working Paper Series with number WP-04-29.

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Date of creation: 2004
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Keywords: Corporations - Headquarters ; Industrial location ; Manufactures;

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