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Innovation drivers, value chains and the geography of multinational firms in European regions

Crescenzi, Riccardo and Pietrobelli, Carlo and Rabellotti, Roberta (2012) Innovation drivers, value chains and the geography of multinational firms in European regions. LSE 'Europe in Question' discussion paper series, 53/2012. The London School of Economics and Political Science, London.

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This paper investigates the geography of multinational corporations’ investments in the EU regions. The ‘traditional’ sources of location advantages (i.e. agglomeration economies, market access and labour market conditions) are considered together with innovation and socio-institutional drivers of investments, captured by means of regional “social filter” conditions. The introduction of a wider set of attraction factors makes is possible to empirically assess the different role played by such advantages in the location decision of investments at different stages of the value chain and disentangle the differential role of national vs. local and regional factors. The empirical analysis covers the EU-25 regions and suggests that regional-socio economic conditions are crucially important for an understanding of the location investment decisions in the most sophisticated knowledgeintensive stages of the value chain.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2012 The Authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Collections > Economists Online
Collections > LSE ‘Europe in Question’ Discussion Paper Series
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2013 11:49
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2013 11:54

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