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Location of R&D and High-Tech Production by Vertically Integrated Multinationals

  • Ekholm, Karolina

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    (Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Hakkala, Katariina

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    (The Research Institute of Industrial Economics)

This paper presents evidence that, in Europe, production of high-tech goods is attracted to large markets, while R&D activities tend to be located away from them. In order to explain this phenomenon, we develop a two-country general equilibrium model where firms make separate choices about the location of R&D and high-tech production. There are two agglomeration forces: R&D spillovers and a home-market effect creating incentives for firms to locate production in the relatively large market. We show that, for relatively weak R&D spillovers and intermediate trade costs, the smaller economy tends to specialize in R&D. We also discuss the welfare consequences of different outcomes with respect to the location of R&D, showing that while skilled labor may gain from hosting an agglomeration of R&D activities, unskilled labor will lose.

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Length: 48 pages
Date of creation: 26 Apr 2004
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0616
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