Agglomeration Economies and the Location of Industries: A Comparison of Three Small European Countries

CORE Discussion Paper No. 2003/67

42 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2007

See all articles by Salvador Barrios

Salvador Barrios

European Commission, JRC - IPTS

Luisito Bertinelli

Universite du Luxembourg

Eric Strobl

Ecole Polytechnique, Paris - Department of Economic Sciences; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Antonio Carlos Teixeira

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE)

Date Written: September 2003

Abstract

We investigate and compare the spatial distribution of manufacturing activity and its determinants in Belgium, Ireland and Portugal using comparable, exhaustive micro-level data sets. We find some similarities between Portugal and Belgium, but little for Ireland. Moreover, there is some evidence that forward and backward linkages as well as dependence on natural avantages can be important determinants of agglomeration.

Keywords: agglomeration, spatial autocorrelation, Belgium, Ireland, Portugal

JEL Classification: R12, C21, R30

Suggested Citation

Barrios, Salvador and Bertinelli, Luisito and Strobl, Eric and Teixeira, Antonio Carlos, Agglomeration Economies and the Location of Industries: A Comparison of Three Small European Countries (September 2003). CORE Discussion Paper No. 2003/67, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=989928 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.989928

Salvador Barrios (Contact Author)

European Commission, JRC - IPTS ( email )

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Luisito Bertinelli

Universite du Luxembourg ( email )

L-1511 Luxembourg
Luxembourg

Eric Strobl

Ecole Polytechnique, Paris - Department of Economic Sciences ( email )

Ecole Polytechnique
Department of Economics
Paris, 75005
France

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Antonio Carlos Teixeira

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) ( email )

34 Voie du Roman Pays
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, b-1348
Belgium

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