A firm's production activities are often supported by nonproduction activities, such as administrative units including headquarters, which process information both within and between firms. Firms may physically separate such administrative units from their production activities and create stand-alone central administrative offices (CAOs). However, activities in multiple locations may cause internal communication costs. What types of firms are more likely to separate such functions? If firms separate administration and production, where do they locate CAOs? This paper examines firms' spatial organization using microlevel data from the US Census Bureau.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||RAND Journal of Economics|
|Publication status||Published - 2007 Jun 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics and Econometrics