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Geographic Concentration And Establishment Scale: An Extension Using Panel Data

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  • Salvador Barrios
  • Luisito Bertinelli
  • Eric Strobl

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In a recent study, Holmes and Stevens (2002) identify for the first time the positive relationship that exists between establishment scale and local industry concentration using a large cross-sectional plant-level data set for the United States. Using an exhaustive plant-level panel data set for Irish manufacturing covering nearly three decades, we are able to extend their analysis in two ways. First, we show that failing to control for fixed effects biases the relationship upward, although the essence of the result still remains after fixed effects are included. Second, the link is substantially weaker when plants locate for the first time in an area, but strengthens with age for those that survive in the long run. We link our results to recent contributions on the dynamics of geographic concentration. Copyright Blackwell Publishing, Inc. 2006

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  • Salvador Barrios & Luisito Bertinelli & Eric Strobl, 2006. "Geographic Concentration And Establishment Scale: An Extension Using Panel Data," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 46(4), pages 733-746.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jregsc:v:46:y:2006:i:4:p:733-746
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    1. Gilles Duranton & Henry G. Overman, 2005. "Testing for Localization Using Micro-Geographic Data," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 72(4), pages 1077-1106.
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    1. Gilles Duranton & Henry G. Overman, 2008. "Exploring The Detailed Location Patterns Of U.K. Manufacturing Industries Using Microgeographic Data," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 48(1), pages 213-243.
    2. George Clarke & Yue Li & Lixin Colin Xu, 2016. "Business environment, economic agglomeration and job creation around the world," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(33), pages 3088-3103, July.
    3. Li, Dongya & Lu, Yi & Wu, Mingqin, 2012. "Industrial agglomeration and firm size: Evidence from China," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(1-2), pages 135-143.
    4. Stuetzer, Michael & Obschonka, Martin & Audretsch, David B. & Wyrwich, Michael & Rentfrow, Peter J. & Coombes, Mike & Shaw-Taylor, Leigh & Satchell, Max, 2016. "Industry structure, entrepreneurship, and culture: An empirical analysis using historical coalfields," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 86(C), pages 52-72.
    5. Register, D. Lane & Lambert, Dayton M. & English, Burton C. & Jensen, Kimberly L. & Menard, R. Jamey & Wilcox, Michael D., 2012. "Geographical Analysis of US Green Sector Industry Concentration," 2012 Annual Meeting, February 4-7, 2012, Birmingham, Alabama 119742, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
    6. Octávio Figueiredo & Paulo Guimarães & Douglas Woodward, 2007. "Localization Economies and Establishment Scale: A Dartboard Approach," FEP Working Papers 247, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
    7. Register, D. Lane & Lambert, Dayton M. & English, Burton C. & Jensen, Kimberly L. & Menard, R. Jamey & Wilcox, Michael D., 2012. "Geographic Distribution of Renewable Energy Sector Industries: An Analysis Using Recent Developments in Industry Concentration Measurement," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington 124038, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    8. Florian Noseleit, 2011. "Market Selection and Regional Diversification - Empirical Regularities from German Panel-Data," ERSA conference papers ersa10p1117, European Regional Science Association.
    9. Joshua Drucker, 2009. "Trends in Regional Industrial Concentration in the United States," Working Papers 09-06, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.

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