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Spatial Aspects of Trade Liberalization in Colombia:A General Equilibrium Approach

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  • Eduardo Haddad

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  • Jaime Bonet Moron

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  • Geoffrey Hewings

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  • Fernando Perobelli

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This paper offers some preliminary steps in the marriage of some of the theoretical foundations of thenew economic geography with spatial computable general equilibrium models. Modeling the spatial economy ofColombia using the traditional assumptions of CGE models makes little sense when one territorial unit, Bogotá,accounts for over one fourth of GDP and where transportation costs are high and accessibility low, compared toEuropean or North American standards. Hence, handling market imperfections becomes imperative as does theneed to address internal spatial issues from the perspective of Colombia´s increasing involvement with externalmarkets. The paper builds on the CEER Model, a spatial CGE model of the Colombian economy; non-constantreturns and non-iceberg transportation costs are introduced and some simulation exercises are carried out. Theresults confirm the asymmetric impacts that trade liberalization has on a spatial economy in which one region,Bogotá, is able to more fully exploit scale economies vis-à-vis the rest of Colombia. The analysis also reveals theimportance of different hypotheses on factor mobility and the role of price effects to better understand theconsequences of trade opening in a developing economy.

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Paper provided by BANCO DE LA REPÚBLICA in its series BORRADORES DE ECONOMIA with number 004690.

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Length: 43
Date of creation: 21 May 2008
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Keywords: Economic geography; CGE model; Colombia; Efficiency gains;

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  1. Alexandre Alves Porsse & Eduardo Amaral Haddad & Paula Carvalho Pereda, 2014. "Territorial Economic Impacts Of Climateanomalies In Brazil," Anais do XL Encontro Nacional de Economia [Proceedings of the 40th Brazilian Economics Meeting] 196, ANPEC - Associação Nacional dos Centros de Pósgraduação em Economia [Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs in Economics].
  2. Arguello, Ricardo, 2009. "The Regional Impact of Discriminatory Trade Liberalization on Colombian Agriculture," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, vol. 39(2).

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