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Input-output linkages, proximity to final demand and the location of manufacturing industries

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  • MION, Giordano

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In this paper I develop an empirical framework to estimate the role of agglomeration externalities, especially those stemming from input-output linkages, in the location process of US manufacturing plants. Furthermore, drawing on the model of Holmesand Stevens (2004b), I propose a way to reconciliate some previous puzzling results about proximity to consumers' demand and the scope of agglomeration forces. Results suggest that intermediate flows have a positive impact, especially for big plants, on local specialization. By contrast, consumers' demand has a negative effect and this result is consistent with the model of Holmes and Stevens (2004b). However, the majority of both effects comes from very local interactions, with spatial spill-oversbeing quite weak, but with a very large geographical scope. This result suggests some kind of strong non-linearity in the underlying spatial process. While, very close interactions are extremely important, when considering what is beyond the limit of local markets then distance does not matter so much.

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  • MION, Giordano, 2004. "Input-output linkages, proximity to final demand and the location of manufacturing industries," CORE Discussion Papers 2004053, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
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    1. Paul Courtney & Denis Lépicier & Bertrand Schmitt, 2005. "Rural firms, farms and the local economy - a focus on small and medium-sized towns," ERSA conference papers ersa05p128, European Regional Science Association.

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    Keywords

    manufacturing concentration; input-output linkages; agglomeration externalities; market proximity;

    JEL classification:

    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • R15 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Econometric and Input-Output Models; Other Methods
    • R31 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Housing Supply and Markets
    • R34 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Input Demand Analysis

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