The spatial selection of heterogeneous firms

Toshihiro Okubo, Pierre M. Picard, Jacques François Thisse

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Abstract

We show that heterogeneous firms choose different locations in response to market integration. Specifically, decreasing trade costs lead to the gradual agglomeration of efficient firms in the larger country where they have access to a bigger pool of consumers. In contrast, high-cost firms seek protection against competition from efficient firms by locating in the smaller country. However, when the spatial separation of markets ceases to be a sufficient protection against foreign competition, high-cost firms choose to set up in the larger market. Hence, the relationship between economic integration and international productivity gap first increases and then decreases with market integration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-237
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of International Economics
Volume82
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Nov
Externally publishedYes

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Heterogeneous firms
Market integration
Costs
Agglomeration
Trade costs
Economic integration
Foreign competition
Small countries
Productivity gap

Keywords

  • Economic geography
  • Firm heterogeneity
  • Spatial selection
  • Trade liberalization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Finance

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The spatial selection of heterogeneous firms. / Okubo, Toshihiro; Picard, Pierre M.; Thisse, Jacques François.

In: Journal of International Economics, Vol. 82, No. 2, 11.2010, p. 230-237.

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Okubo, Toshihiro ; Picard, Pierre M. ; Thisse, Jacques François. / The spatial selection of heterogeneous firms. In: Journal of International Economics. 2010 ; Vol. 82, No. 2. pp. 230-237.
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