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LOCATION DETERMINANTS OF BUSINESS SERVICES WITHIN A REGION WITH LARGE URBAN ASYMMETRIES

Fernando Rubiera-Morollón, Eva Pardos () and Ana Gómez-Loscos ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Fernando Rubiera Morollón

Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, 2010, vol. 10, issue 1

Abstract: We carry out an analysis of the determinants of location for business services within a region, as opposed to the more usual comparisons among nations or regions. The expected higher concentration patterns at this level can be further biased when one or more urban centers have a disproportionate weight in regional economic activity. We propose an econometric analysis of location determinants (scale, urbanization and agglomeration economies, human capital and infrastructures) taking into account the influence of this kind of asymmetry. To this end, we identify one region with this characteristic (a disproportionate weight of the capital city’s share with respect to the total, as shown via several location coefficients), namely the Spanish region of Aragon. Using intra-regional data, our results show that including the capital city in the regressions or not alters the conclusions on the determinants of location.

Keywords: Business services; spatial economics and services location. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L84 R11 R12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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