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Foreign Direct Investment: Agglomeration Economies and Returns to Promotion Expenditures

  • Kim, Seong-Hee

    (U WY)

  • Pickton, Todd S.

    (U WY)

  • Gerking, Shelby

    (U Central FL)

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    The effect of a state's financial incentives to attract foreign direct investments (FDI) is a frequent topic for both economists and policy makers. Many studies have shown that FDI are disproportionately concentrated in states with agglomeration economies. This paper uses a conditional logit model with FDI (new plants) data from 1987-1994 to explore the relationship between state efforts, state characteristics, and FDI attraction. Key results show that both promotion expenditures and agglomeration economies are important in attracting foreign plants. Results also indicate that promotion expenditures by states with small economies can partially offset location disadvantages of agglomeration (urbanization and/or localization) economies and thus appear to be a useful economic development tool as states compete for investment.

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    Article provided by Southern Regional Science Association in its journal Review of Regional Studies.

    Volume (Year): 33 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 61-72

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    1. Brown, Stephen P. A. & Hayes, Kathy J. & Taylor, Lori L., 2003. "State and Local Policy, Factor Markets, and Regional Growth," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 33(1), pages 40-60.
    2. Edward M. Graham & Paul Krugman, 1995. "Foreign Direct Investment in the United States, 3rd Edition," Peterson Institute Press: All Books, Peterson Institute for International Economics, number 52, January.
    3. Guimaraes, Paulo & Figueiredo, Octavio & Woodward, Douglas, 2000. "Agglomeration and the Location of Foreign Direct Investment in Portugal," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 47(1), pages 115-135, January.
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