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Agglomeration, accessibility and industrial location: evidence from spanish municipalities

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This paper deals with the location decisions of manufacturing firms in Spain. We analyse how agglomeration economies and transport accessibility influence the location decisions of firms at municipality level and in three industries. The main empirical contributions of this paper are the econometric techniques used (spatial econometric models) and some of the explanatory variables (local gross domestic product, road accessibility, and the characteristics of firms in neighbouring municipalities). The results show that agglomeration economies and accessibility are important in industrial location decision-making.

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  • Ángel Alañón-Pardo & Josep-Maria Arauzo-Carod, 2011. "Agglomeration, accessibility and industrial location: evidence from spanish municipalities," Documentos de trabajo de la Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales 11-02, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales.
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    Keywords

    Agglomeration; Accessibility; Industrial location; Spatial econometrics; Spain;

    JEL classification:

    • R10 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - 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
    • R30 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - General

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