Globalisation: Countries, Cities and Multinationals
AbstractIn this paper we explore the relationship between the size of a country, the size of its cities, and the economic performance of the country. In order to do this we integrate three different literature, namely the literature on optimal country size, literature on historical processes of urbanisation and the performance of cities, and literature on the role of multinational firms in the global economy. Using an economic geography perspective, we demonstrate that the relationship between city-size and the prosperity of the nation state, to a much more complex set of relationships. In the modern era of globalisation the role of global companies within the city-region is critical, and city-regions in turn are seen to drive national economies. As such, the relationships between firms, cities and countries have been largely reversed, casting doubt on various institutional economic theories.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2009-042.
Date of creation: 04 Jun 2009
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scale; cities; countries; multinational firms; globalisation;
Other versions of this item:
- Philip McCann & Zoltan Acs, 2011. "Globalization: Countries, Cities and Multinationals," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(1), pages 17-32.
- R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
- F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
- N90 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - General, International, or Comparative
- O33 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
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- NEP-ALL-2009-06-03 (All new papers)
- NEP-GEO-2009-06-03 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-HIS-2009-06-03 (Business, Economic & Financial History)
- NEP-URE-2009-06-03 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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