FACTORS AFFECTING THE LOCATION OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES: A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY REVIEW AND CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

Wouter Gideon Bam, Karolien De Bruyne, Corne Schutte

Abstract


A holistic framework that enables a systematic evaluation of the factors affecting the location of economic activities has thus far been lacking. Using a structured review, this research summarises the key developments that address this issue. Based on this review, a conceptual framework is proposed. The framework is location-centric — i.e., it evaluates the performance of a location in supporting a specific activity aimed at a particular market. It aims to assist both firms and policymakers to evaluate the key location determinants that drive the location of activities.


Keywords


Location decision determinants; Structured literature review; FDI; location decisions; location policy

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7166/31-4-2445

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