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Trade shocks and industrial location: the impact of EEC accession on the UK

Overman, Henry G. and Winters, L. Alan (2006) Trade shocks and industrial location: the impact of EEC accession on the UK. CEP Discussion Papers (588). Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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This paper combines establishment level production data with international trade data by port to examine the impact of accession to the EEC on the spatial distribution of UK manufacturing. We use this data to test the predictions from economic geography models of how external trade affects the spatial distribution of employment. Our results suggest that accession changed the country-composition of UK trade and via the port-composition induced an exogenous shock to the economic environment in different locations. In line with theory, we find that better access to export markets and intermediate goods increase employment while increased import competition decreases employment.

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Additional Information: Copyright © 2006 Henry G. Overman & L. Alan Winters. This version is a substantial revision of CEP discussion paper #588. LSE has developed LSE Research Online so that users may access research output of the School. Copyright and Moral Rights for the papers on this site are retained by the individual authors and/or other copyright owners. Users may download and/or print one copy of any article(s) in LSE Research Online to facilitate their private study or for non-commercial research. You may not engage in further distribution of the material or use it for any profit-making activities or any commercial gain. You may freely distribute the URL (<>) of the LSE Research Online website.
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 23:06

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