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Title:The optimal distance to port for exporting firms PDF Logo
Authors:Gries, Thomas
Naudé, Wim
Matthee, Marianne
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Research paper / UNU-WIDER 2008.32
Abstract:Success in international trade depends, amongst other things, on distance from markets. Most new economic geography models focus on the distance between countries. In contrast much less theorizing and empirical analysis have focused on how distances within a country for instance due to the location behaviour of exporting firms matter to international trade. In this paper we contribute to the literature on the latter by offering a theoretical model to explain the optimal distance that an export-oriented firm would locate from a port. We present empirical evidence from South Africa in support of the model.
Subjects:distance
transport costs
manufactured exports
JEL:R0
R4
F14
ISBN:978-92-9230-078-4
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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