Title
Co-agglomeration of knowledge-intensive business services and multinational enterprisesCo-agglomeration of knowledge-intensive business services and multinational enterprises
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute for Transport en Maritime Management (ITMMA)
Research group
ITMMA
Publication type
article
Publication
Oxford,
Subject
Economics
Source (journal)
Journal of economic geography. - Oxford, 2000, currens
Volume/pages
14(2014):2, p. 443-475
ISSN
1468-2702
1468-2710
1468-2710
ISI
000332037500009
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
It has been argued that the relationship between knowledge-intensive business services (KIBS) and multinational enterprises (MNEs) within the regional economy is advantageous for urban and regional dynamics. It is likely that KIBS aim to locate proximate to (internationally operating) MNEs because of agglomeration externalities. The impact of MNEs on the birth of KIBS has rarely been examined, and the research on the new formation of KIBS has mainly adopted a case study approach, thus limiting the opportunity for generalization. We have taken a more quantitative approach using a continuous space framework to test whether proximity is important for the co-location of KIBS and MNEs in the metropolitan area of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Our results, controlled for other location factors, indicate that KIBS are co-agglomerated with MNEs and that the presence of a MNE significantly influences the birth of KIBS nearby, but the effect on such start-ups is considerably smaller than the positive effect of the presence of already established KIBS. We discuss the implications for urban and regional development strategies and policy initiatives.
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