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Trade integration and regional disparity in a model of scale-invariant growth

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  • Minniti, Antonio
  • Parello, Carmelo Pierpaolo

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This paper explores the relation between trade integration, economic growth and regional inequality in a two-region model of endogenous industry location and scale-invariant growth. We depart from recent contributions of New Economic Geography in that our model does not exhibit the "strong" scale effect in R&D which is inconsistent with time-series evidence from advanced OECD economies. In contrast with previous research, we find that, when R&D spillovers are localized, trade integration affects economic growth only in the short-run; the sign of this (temporary) effect depends on whether intertemporal knowledge spillovers in R&D are positive or negative. We show that this result has important implications for the relation between trade integration and regional income disparity.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Regional Science and Urban Economics.

Volume (Year): 41 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 20-31

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Handle: RePEc:eee:regeco:v:41:y:2011:i:1:p:20-31

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Keywords: Regions Trade integration Regional disparity Growth Scale effects;

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  1. Colin Davis & Ken-ichi Hashimoto, 2011. "Patterns of Technology, Industry Concentration, and Productivity Growth Without Scale Effects," Discussion Papers 1106, Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University.
  2. Akinori Tanaka & Kazuhiro Yamamoto, 2011. "Trade costs, wage difference, and endogenous growth," Discussion Papers in Economics and Business 11-16, Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP).
  3. Benjamin Montmartin & Nadine Massard, 2013. "Is Financial Support for Private R&D Always Justified? A Discussion Based on the Literature on Growth," GREDEG Working Papers 2013-34, Groupe de REcherche en Droit, Économie, Gestion (GREDEG CNRS), University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.
  4. Colin Davis & Ken-ichi Hashimoto, 2012. "R&D Subsidies, International Knowledge Dispersion, and Fully Endogenous Productivity Growth," Discussion Papers 1214, Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University.
  5. Katsufumi Fukuda, 2013. "The Effects of Globalization on Regional Inequality in a Model of Semi-Endogenous Growth and Foot-loose Capital," Discussion Paper Series DP2013-25, Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University.
  6. Benjamin Montmartin & Nadine Massard, 2013. "Is financial support for private R&D always justified ? A discussion based on literature on growth," Working Papers 1328, Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique (GATE), Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Université Lyon 2, Ecole Normale Supérieure.
  7. Colin Davis & Ken-ichi Hashimoto, 2014. "Industry Concentration, Knowledge Diffusion, and Economic Growth Without Scale Effects," Discussion Papers 1408, Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University.

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