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Can Firms’ Location Decisions Counteract the Balassa-Samuelson Effect?

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  • Isabelle Méjean

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This paper examines the determinants of relative prices in a model combining a Harrod-Balassa-Samuelson (HBS) mechanism and an endogenous location of traded good producers. Besides the standard HBS effect, asymmetric productivity improvements in the traded good sector push new firms to enter the market. This benefits local consumers who save on trade costs and exerts an upward pressure on relative wages. As a consequence, relative prices in the traded good sector either increase or fall in general equilibrium. In a panel cointegration framework, the wage effect is shown to dominate. This means the HBS effect is strengthened by the relocation of traded good producers.

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Keywords: PPP; International trade; Relocation;

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Cited by:
  1. Masashige Hamano, 2011. "The Harrod-Balassa-Samuelson effect and endogenous extensive margins," CREA Discussion Paper Series 11-21, Center for Research in Economic Analysis, University of Luxembourg.
  2. Lopcu, Kenan & Dülger, Fikret & Burgaç, Almıla, 2013. "Relative productivity increases and the appreciation of the Turkish lira," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 35(C), pages 614-621.
  3. Olivier Cardi & Romain Restout, 2013. "Imperfect Mobility Of Labor Across Sectors: A Reappraisal Of The Balassa-Samuelson Effect," Working Papers of BETA 2013-04, Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée, UDS, Strasbourg.

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