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Technology, Agglomeration, and Regional Competition for Investment

  • Bruce A. Blonigen

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    (Department of Economics, University of Oregon and NBER)

  • Van Kolpin

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    (Department of Economics, University of Oregon)

The active "courting" of firms by municipalities, regions, and even nations has a long-standing history and the competition for firm location through a wide variety of incentives seems to have escalated to new heights in recent years. We develop a model that explores technology development by firms that face regional competition for their investment and examine the endogenous determination of regions’ policies, firm technology, and agglomeration externalities. In particular, we find that regional competition leads firms to inefficiently distort their development and selection of production technology in hopes of improving their standing in the competition amongst regions for their investment. This loss in efficiency is aggravated by the agglomeration externalities that are inherently present in many industries. We offer several case studies that provide evidence consistent with our theoretical conclusions.

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Paper provided by University of Oregon Economics Department in its series University of Oregon Economics Department Working Papers with number 2003-21.

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Length: 25
Date of creation: 01 Sep 2003
Date of revision: 01 Sep 2003
Handle: RePEc:ore:uoecwp:2003-21
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