Information, agglomeration, and the headquarters of U.S. exporters

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Although longstanding arguments suggest that the need to acquire information contributes to spatial concentration of employment, few studies have provided evidence on this point This paper addresses this issue by examining the spatial concentration of headquarter activity of exporters. Exporting requires specialized knowledge of foreign markets and should, therefore, contribute to spatial concentration. We test this idea by applying differencing methods to 4-digit industry-level data for the fourth quarter of 2000. Results suggest that when foreign market information is difficult to obtain, exporter headquarter activity is more agglomerated. Results also indicate that the sensitivity of agglomeration to foreign tzading environments depends on the underlying characteristics that define countries as "difficult".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Economic Integration and Domestic Performance
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9789813141094
ISBN (Print)9789813141087
StatePublished - Feb 27 2017


  • Agglomeration
  • Exporting
  • Infonnation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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