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Where are the Web factories: The urban bias of e-business location

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  • Sean P. Gorman

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The Internet has been considered the great equaliser for business, allowing distant locals to compete with large metropolitan regions. Recent research points to a different geography, where domains and connectivity cluster predominantly in large urban areas. The question remains, are new businesses of the Internet economy doing the same or avoiding metropolitan areas? This paper examines the head and branch locations of the top 40 e-business integration firms in the USA. The analysis of the distribution of these locations will provide insight to what regions most benefit from the Internet economy. Further, the data should provide a useful comparison to metropolitan trends for domain and connectivity agglomeration. Copyright Royal Dutch Geographical Society 2002.

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  • Sean P. Gorman, 2002. "Where are the Web factories: The urban bias of e-business location," Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG, vol. 93(5), pages 522-536, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:tvecsg:v:93:y:2002:i:5:p:522-536
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    1. Balázs Lengyel & Ákos Jakobi, 2016. "Online Social Networks, Location, and the Dual Effect of Distance from the Centre," Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG, vol. 107(3), pages 298-315, July.
    2. Chris Forman & Avi Goldfarb & Shane Greenstein, 2003. "How did Location Affect Adoption of the Commercial Internet? Global Village, Urban Density, and Industry Composition," NBER Working Papers 9979, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Elizabeth A. Mack, 2014. "Broadband and knowledge intensive firm clusters: Essential link or auxiliary connection?," Papers in Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 93(1), pages 3-29, March.

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