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The effects of transport costs revisited

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  • Olga Alonso Villar

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The aim of this paper is to study the location decisions of upstream and downstream industries when transport costs in each sector are analyzed separately. By using a new economic geography model built on Venables (1996), it will be shown that the effects of cost reductions in transporting final goods are different from those in intermediate goods. Our analysis suggests that regional convergence is more the consequence of improvements in transportation between upstream and downstream firms than those between firms and consumers. This will help us to better understand the forces driving this kind of model while giving an additional explanation to the differences between Krugman’s (1991) results and those of Venables (1996).

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Paper provided by Universidade de Vigo, Departamento de Economía Aplicada in its series Working Papers with number 0407.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2004
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Handle: RePEc:vig:wpaper:0407

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Keywords: location of firms; monopolistic competition; input-output linkages; transport costs;

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  1. Stephen Redding & Anthony J. Venables, 2001. "Economic geography and international inequality," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 3714, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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  1. Olga Alonso-Villar, 2005. "The effects of transport costs within the new economic geography," Working Papers 0502, Universidade de Vigo, Departamento de Economía Aplicada.
  2. Luis Armando Galvis, 2009. "Geografía económica del Caribe Continental," DOCUMENTOS DE TRABAJO SOBRE ECONOMÍA REGIONAL 006304, BANCO DE LA REPÚBLICA - ECONOMÍA REGIONAL.
  3. Emanuel Shachmurove & Yochanan Shachmurove, 2010. "Location, Location, Location: Entrepreneurial Finance Meets Economic Geography," PIER Working Paper Archive 10-030, Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
  4. Armando Pires, 2006. "Estimating Krugman’s Economic Geography Model for the Spanish Regions," Spanish Economic Review, Springer, vol. 8(2), pages 83-112, June.
  5. Rodriguez-Pose, Andres & Gill, Nicholas, 2006. "How does trade affect regional disparities?," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 34(7), pages 1201-1222, July.
  6. Yochanan Shachmurove, 2011. "First-Round Entrepreneurial Investments: Where, When and Why?," PIER Working Paper Archive 11-017, Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
  7. Yochanan Shachmurove, 2007. "Geography and Industry Meets Venture Capital," PIER Working Paper Archive 07-015, Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
  8. Yochanan Shachmurove, 2006. "An Excursion into the Venture Capital Industry Stratified by Locations and Industries 1996-2005," Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management, vol. 11(3), pages 79-104, Fall.
  9. Olga Alonso-Villar, 2006. "A Reflection On The Effects Of Transport Costs Within The New Economic Geography," Working Papers 57, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.

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