, Volume 51, Issue 2, pp 479-494

Start-ups and firm in-migration: evidence from the Swedish wholesale industry

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Abstract

We use a data set covering 13,471 Swedish limited liability firms in the Swedish wholesale industries during 2000–2004 to ascertain the determinants of new start-ups and of in-migration of firms. Access to a large harbor, international airport or large railroad classification yard in the municipality nearly triples the number of start-ups and increases the expected number of in-migrating firms with 53 %. The presence of a university, many educated workers and low local taxes are also associated with more start-ups and firm in-migration.

We wish to thank Oana Mihaescu for excellent research assistance, and The Swedish Wholesale and Retail Development Council for research funding.