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Ratio Working Paper No. 257: Firm’s Evaluation of Location Quality: Evidence from East Germany

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Alexander Eickelpasch, Andreas Stephan, Arbetsmarknad, Ekonomisk geografi, Företagsekonomi, Georg Hirte, Infrastruktur
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Our study provides evidence for rms’ evaluation of location quality. We use a 2004 survey of 6,000 East German rms that contained questions on the importance and assessment of 15 dierent location factors ranging from closeness to customers and suppliers, transport infrastructure, and proximity to research institutions and universities, as well as questions about the local nancial institutions and region’s image”. The results show (1) a great deal of heterogeneity in terms of which rm- or regional-level characteristics are important in the evaluation of a specic location factor, (2) that the model’s explanatory power is, overall, low and thus neither location characteristics nor internal factors are fully re ected in the perceptions, (3) that a rm’s business situation and whether a location factor is considered important have explanatory power for perception. One policy-relevant conclusion that we derive from these ndings is that location policy should consider rms’ perception of a specic location in addition to improving the actual attributes of that location.

Eickelpasch, A., Hirte, G. & Stephan, A. (2015). Firm’s Evaluation of Location Quality: Evidence from East Germany. Ratio Working Paper No. 257.

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Ratio Working Paper No. 257: Firm’s Evaluation of Location Quality: Evidence from East Germany
Working paperPublication
Eickelpasch, A., Hirte, G. & Stephan, A.
Publication year

2015

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Ratio Working Paper

Abstract

Our study provides evidence for rms’ evaluation of location quality. We use a 2004 survey of 6,000 East German rms that contained questions on the importance and assessment of 15 dierent location factors ranging from closeness to customers and suppliers, transport infrastructure, and proximity to research institutions and universities, as well as questions about the local nancial institutions and region’s image”. The results show (1) a great deal of heterogeneity in terms of which rm- or regional-level characteristics are important in the evaluation of a specic location factor, (2) that the model’s explanatory power is, overall, low and thus neither location characteristics nor internal factors are fully re ected in the perceptions, (3) that a rm’s business situation and whether a location factor is considered important have explanatory power for perception. One policy-relevant conclusion that we derive from these ndings is that location policy should consider rms’ perception of a specic location in addition to improving the actual attributes of that location.

Ratio Working Paper No. 257: Firm’s Evaluation of Location Quality: Evidence from East Germany
Working paperPublication
Eickelpasch, A., Hirte, G. & Stephan, A.
Publication year

2015

Published in

Ratio Working Paper

Abstract

Our study provides evidence for rms’ evaluation of location quality. We use a 2004 survey of 6,000 East German rms that contained questions on the importance and assessment of 15 dierent location factors ranging from closeness to customers and suppliers, transport infrastructure, and proximity to research institutions and universities, as well as questions about the local nancial institutions and region’s image”. The results show (1) a great deal of heterogeneity in terms of which rm- or regional-level characteristics are important in the evaluation of a specic location factor, (2) that the model’s explanatory power is, overall, low and thus neither location characteristics nor internal factors are fully re ected in the perceptions, (3) that a rm’s business situation and whether a location factor is considered important have explanatory power for perception. One policy-relevant conclusion that we derive from these ndings is that location policy should consider rms’ perception of a specic location in addition to improving the actual attributes of that location.

Ratio Working Paper No. 349: Industrial conflict in essential services in a new era – Swedish rules in a comparative perspective
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Karlson, N.
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2021

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This paper examines whether the Swedish regulatory system of dealing with industrial conflicts that affect essential services need an update or reform. Are the existing rules effective in a world where many essential services are upheld by many interdependent agents in complex systems where every single node becomes critical for the functioning of the system, and where the essential service activities could be either private or public? A comparative study is conducted with the corresponding regulatory systems of the United Kingdom, Germany, and Denmark.
The conclusion is that Sweden is a special case. The Swedish protection against and readiness in dealing with societally harmful industrial conflicts in essential services is weaker than in the countries of comparison. Just as in relation to other threats to essential services, it is not sustainable to claim that just because such a threat is not currently present, there would be no need for preparedness.
There are many alternative ways to handle this. Desirable methods should both prevent harmful conflicts from erupting and end conflicts that have grown harmful to society at a later stage. The labour market organisations should have a mutual interest in reforming the rules.

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