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Technology, agglomeration, and regional competition for investment

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  • Bruce A. Blonigen
  • Van Kolpin

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Competition for firms by region has a long-standing history, and the academic literature has debated whether such competition is efficient. We develop a model that explores technology development by firms facing regional competition for their investment and examine the endogenous determination of region policy, firm technology, and agglomeration externalities. We find a new source of inefficiency - regional competition leads firms to inefficiently distort their development and selection of production technology to improve their standing in the regional competition for their investment. We show that these inefficient firm decisions on technology and location can also weaken agglomeration externalities.

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  • Bruce A. Blonigen & Van Kolpin, 2007. "Technology, agglomeration, and regional competition for investment," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 40(4), pages 1149-1167, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:40:y:2007:i:4:p:1149-1167
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    1. Goldberg , Mike & Palladini, Eric, 2008. "Chile : a strategy to promote innovative small and medium enterprises," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4518, The World Bank.

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    • H71 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • L2 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior

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