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Globalization and Localisation of Firms University of Bordeaux

Course Overview

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Course prerequisites

Grading Philosophy


45-minuteintermediate test on part I of the course during classes
(seecalendar below)

45-minuteintermediate test on part II of the course during
end-of-semesterexam session

RATTRAPAGE:90-minute test on both parts I and II

Course schedule

The course is divided in two parts:

The first part is dedicated to localization theory and evidence. A
first set of theories comes from Paul Krugman’s seminal
contributions to the New Economic Geography (NEG) and provides an
explanation of spatial clustering of economic activities based on
familiar economic concepts, without any reference to innovation. A
second set of theories, joint with related evidence, comes from
several empirical contributions to the economics of innovation and
stresses the role of innovation as an agglomeration.

The second part of the course is dedicated to Multinational
Enterprises (MNEs) and their Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs).
Besides providing a definition and classification of MNEs, as well as
a theory of their determinants and nature of FDIs, we will discuss
their relationship with and impact on industrial agglomerations.

Course type

Online Course Requirement


Other information

AllPowerPoint slides are in English and will be made available on
theMoodle e-learning site, well in advance the lectures. Students
arereceived by appointment, either in person or via Skype.


1- Economic Geography /1: Core-Periphery Models

Krugman,P. R. (1990). _Geographyand trade_.MITpress (ch.1and Appendix

4copies à la Bibliothèque du GREThA ; 1 copie à laBibliothèque du

2- Economic Geography /2: Marshallian Districts

Krugman,P. R. (1990). _Geographyand trade_.MITpress (ch.2and Appendix

3- Localized knowledge flows

Jaffe,A. B., Trajtenberg, M., & Henderson, R. (1993).
Geographiclocalization of knowledge spillovers as evidenced by
patentcitations. _Quarterlyjournal of Economics_, _108_(3),577-598.

Breschi,S., & Lissoni, F. (2009). Mobility of skilled workers
andco-invention networks: an anatomy of localized
knowledgeflows. _Journalof Economic
Geography_, _9_(4),439-468(

Krugman,P. (2011). The new economic geography, now middle-aged.
_RegionalStudies_, _45_(1),1-7.

4-Cities, diversity, and diversification

Duranton,G., & Puga, D. (2000). Diversity and specialisation in
cities:why, where and when does it
matter? _Urbanstudies_, _37_(3),533-55 (onlysections 1, 2 and

Choose oneof the two:

Frenken,K., Van Oort, F., & Verburg, T. (2007). Related
variety,unrelated variety and regional economic
growth. _Regionalstudies_, _41_(5),685-697.

Neffke, F.,Henning, M. and Boschma, R., 2011. How do regions diversify
overtime? Industry relatedness and the development of new growth
regions. _EconomicGeography_, _87_(3),pp.237-265(


5-Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) and Foreign Direct
Investments(FDIs): Definitions

DL*chapters 1 and 3 (skip 3.4 and 3.5)

IM** chapters 2 (only 2.1 and 2.2)

6-MNMultinational Enterprises: History and trends

DL* chapters 2 (skip 2.5, 2.7, 2.8.2), 6

UNCTAD(2019) _WorldInvestment Report 2019 - Special Economic Zones_
Nations Conference on Trade & Development: Geneva chapter I,
sections A to C

7–Theoretical overview

DM*chapter 4 (4.2.5 and 4.3.2 only)

IM** chapters 2 (2.3, 2.5 only)

Suggestedreading order: IM2.3.1-2.3.3 / DM4.2.5 / DM4.3.2 /
IM2.3.4-2.3.5 /IM2.5

8–MNEs and innovation

UNCTAD(2005) _WorldInvestment Report 2005 – Transnational
Corporations and theInternationalization of R&D_
Nations Conference on Trade & Development: Geneva chapters 4
(Sections A, B, C.1, D.2.a and Boxes from IV.3 to IV.7)and 5 (Section
C only)

McCann,P. and Mudambi, R., 2007. MNEs’ location behaviour and
industrialclustering. _Domultinationals feed local development and

Availableon the e-learningplatform
Glennon B., Jensen J (2019) _TheRise of Global Innovation by US
Multinationals Poses Risks andOpportunities_, PetersonInstitute for
International Economics

Hernandez,E., 2014. Finding a home away from home: Effects of
immigrants onfirms’ foreign location choice and
performance. _AdministrativeScience Quarterly_, _59_(1),pp.73-108.

Useche,D., Miguelez, E. and Lissoni, F., 2019. Highly skilled and
wellconnected: Migrant inventors in cross-border M&As. _Journalof
International Business Studies_,pp.1-27.

BOTHavailable on the e-learningplatform

*DL:Dunning, J.H. and Lundan, S.M., 2008. _Multinationalenterprises
and the global economy_.Edward Elgar Publishing (2nd edition)

2copies à la Bibliothèque du DSPEG(332.042DUN), of which 1 copy
reserved for consultation only (no lending)

**IM:Iammarino, S. and McCann, P., 2013. _Multinationalsand economic
geography: Location, technology and innovation_.Edward Elgar

Soonavailable à la Bibliothèque du DSPEG

Language of instruction: English

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