The Location Choices in the Colombian Manufacturing Industry, 1980-1999

Economía & Región, Vol. 1, No. 2, November 2004

50 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2007

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Daniel Toro González

Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar (UTB); WSU


This article analyzes factors which, in light of the classical industrial location theory, account for the location of manufacturing industries in Colombia. The document shows how it is that agglomeration economies represent the paramount determiner which explains the location choices of firms. The study was based upon data stemming from the Yearly Manufacture Survey through the use of 4-digit Standard International Industrial Classification disaggregation for Colombia's 8 top metropolitan areas over the 1990-1999 term. The pattern, estimated by means of data panels, shows the effect exerted by variables such as work-related costs, land prices, taxpaying, income and agglomeration economies upon the location choices of manufacturing industries.

Note: Downloadable document is in Spanish.

Keywords: industrial location, manufacturing industries, agglomeration economies, Colombia

JEL Classification: L22, L52, L62

Suggested Citation

Toro González, Daniel, The Location Choices in the Colombian Manufacturing Industry, 1980-1999. Economía & Región, Vol. 1, No. 2, November 2004, Available at SSRN:

Daniel Toro González (Contact Author)

Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar (UTB) ( email )

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Campus de Ternera, Parque Industrial y Tecnológico
Cartagena, Bolívar


Pullman, WA 99164
United States


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