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Measuring the Localization of Economic Activity: A Random Utility Approach

  • Paulo Guimarães


    (Universidade do Minho and CEMPRE)

  • Octávio Figueiredo


    (CEMPRE, Faculdade de Economia da Universidade do Porto)

  • Douglas Woodward

    (University of South Carolina)

The recent index proposed by Ellison & Glaeser (1997) is now well established as the preferred method for measuring the localization of economic activity. We build on McFadden's Random Utility (Profit) Maximization framework, to develop a parametric version of this measure that is more consistent with the theory originally proposed by Ellison and Glaeser (EG). Given that our method is regression based, it goes beyond the descriptive nature of the EG index, allowing us to evaluate how the localization measure behaves with changes in the determinants that drive firms' location decisions.

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Paper provided by Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto in its series FEP Working Papers with number 161.

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Length: 36 pages.
Date of creation: Oct 2004
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Handle: RePEc:por:fepwps:161
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