Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/234751
Authors: 
Behrens, Kristian
Bougna, Théophile
Brown, W. Mark
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Document de travail No. 2017-06
Abstract: 
Using micro-level commodity flow data and micro-geographic plant-level data, we construct industry-specific ad valorem trucking rate series and measures of geographic concentration to provide evidence on the relationship between transport costs and agglomeration. We find that low transport cost industries display significantly more geographic concentration in the cross-sectional dimension, and that falling transport costs agglomerate industries in the panel dimension. The effects are large: the fall in trucking rates between 1992 and 2008 implied a 20% increase in geographic concentration on average, all else equal.
Subjects: 
Ad valorem transport costs
geographic concentration
trucking rates
manufacturing industries
JEL: 
R12
C23
L60
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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