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Trade and Location with Horizontal and Vertical Multi-Region Firms

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  • Ekholm, Karolina

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    (The Research Institute of Industrial Economics)

  • Forslid, Rikard

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    (Lund University and CEPR)

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This paper analyses the effect on agglomeration tendencies of allowing firms to become multi-region firms in a standard model of trade and location. More specifically, we introduce horizontal and vertical multi-region firms into the core-periphery (CP) model developed by Krugman (1991). The introduction of horizontal multi-region firms dampens the strong agglomeration effects found in the CP model by making the range of trade costs for which the core-periphery equilibrium occurs smaller. The introduction of vertical multi-region firms that can separate the location of headquarter activities from the location of production has two counteracting effects. First, headquarters have a strong tendency to agglomerate, and, in this sence, agglomeration tendencies are strengthened. Second, actual production tends to be more spread out, and, in this sense, they are weakened.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 504.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: 01 Oct 1998
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Publication status: Forthcoming in Scandinavian Journal of Economics.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0504

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Keywords: Trade; Location; Agglomeration; Multinational firms;

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