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Spatial Bias and the Location of Footloose Industry: A Simple Regional Model


  • Frances P. Ruane


This paper develops a simple regional model to analyze the spatial consequences of sectoral policies. The model focuses o n the regional specificity and footlooseness of different sectors, an d shows that any policy which alters the balance between sectors in a n economy inevitably alters the distribution of economic activities a cross regions. This is true even when the effect of policy is to expa nd a sector in which production units are completely footloose.

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  • Frances P. Ruane, 1987. "Spatial Bias and the Location of Footloose Industry: A Simple Regional Model," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 20(3), pages 506-518, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:20:y:1987:i:3:p:506-18

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    1. Ralph C. Allen & Jack H. Stone, 1989. "The Locational Criteria of Footloose Firms: A Formal Model," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 19(2), pages 13-17, Spring.
    2. Lynn Killen & Frances Ruane, 1998. "The Regional Dimension of Industrial Policy and Performance in the Republic of Ireland," Economics Policy Papers 983, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics.

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