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Entry determinants of the Software and Video games firms in Barcelona

Carles Méndez Ortega
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Carles Méndez-Ortega, Sr. ()

Working Papers from Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper aims to determine which reasons lead Software and Video games firms (SVE hereafter) to locate in certain areas of Barcelona. This high-tech industry is a key industry in developed economies mainly located in urban areas. To carry out this analysis, we use SVE firm entries at neighbourhood level between 2011 and 2013 and a set of covariates that capture neighbourhood characteristics (localization and agglomeration economies, high-tech amenities, diversity, human capital and crime). Our results show that i) SVE firms tend to choose locations with a high diversity and good high-tech amenities (e.g. 22@ district), ii) the importance of the localization and agglomeration economies, since spatial spillovers are a key factor for this type of firms and iii) the role of the diversity in the location process of these firms, since SVE firms choose places with a high diversity of cultural and creative activity. JEL Codes: R10, R30, L86. Keywords: Software and Video games Industry, location determinants, Count Data models, Barcelona

Keywords: Localització industrial; Indústria informàtica; Videojocs -- Indústria i comerç; 332 - Economia regional i territorial. Economia del sòl i de la vivenda (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-cse, nep-cul, nep-ent and nep-sbm
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