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Trade and Economic Geography: The Impact of EEC Accession on the UK

L. Winters and Henry Overman

No 5574, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: Economic geography; Eec; Uk manufacturing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F14 F15 R12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006-03
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo and nep-int
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