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Agglomeration and trade revisited

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  • OTTAVIANO, Gianmarco

    (Universita degli Studi di Bologna, CORE, Université catholique de Louvain, and CEPR)

  • THISSE, Jacques-François

    (Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE), Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Louvain la Neuve, Belgium, CERAS, Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussées, and CEPR)

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The purpose of this paper is twofold. First, we present an alternative model of agglomeration and trade that displays the main features of the recent economic geography literature while allowing for the derivation of analytical results by means of simple algebra. Second, we show how this framework can be used to adopt a forward-looking approach to the dynamics of migration in the process of agglomeration instead of the myopic Marshallian model used so far in this literature.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 1999041.

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Date of creation: 19 Jun 1999
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Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:1999041

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Keywords: agglomeration; trade; self-fulfilling expectations; monopolistic competition;

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