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Firm location choices

Our research considers firms’ decisions over where to locate production, innovative activities and intellectual property. This work includes consideration of the role of clustering of economic activity and of public policies, including taxes, in firms’ location decisions.  We have developed longitudinal firm-level data with information on firms’ productive and innovative activities across many countries that allow us to provide a sound evidence base for policy evaluation.

Firm location choices

Journal article | Journal of Economic Geography
We investigate evidence for spatially mediated knowledge transfer from university research. We examine whether firms locate R&D near universities, and whether those that do are more likely to co-operate with, or source knowledge from them.
Journal article | Journal of Public Economics
This paper considers the factors that influence the locational decisions of multinational firms.

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Rachel Griffith
Research Director
Helen Miller
Associate Director
Martin O'Connell
Associate Director