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R&D and Strategic Industrial Location in International Oligopolies

Armando Garcia Pires ()

No 5582, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: In a spatial economy where oligopolist firms compete in R&D, it is found that geography affects the innovative behaviour of firms. Notably, international differences in market size conduce to endogenous asymmetries between firms given that firms located in the country with more demand have stronger incentives to invest in R&D. This 'R&D linkage' between demand and competitiveness promotes firms to strategically delocalize to the larger country. As a result, a spatial equilibrium arises with only total or partial agglomeration, but never with symmetric dispersion.

Keywords: agglomeration effects; asymmetric firms; industrial location; oligopoly; R&D investment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F12 L13 O31 R3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006-03
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-com, nep-cse, nep-geo, nep-ino, nep-mic and nep-ure
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