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Footloose Capital, Market Access, and the Geography of Regional State Aid

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  • Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano

    (Università Bocconi, GIIS and CEPR)

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The global welfare implications of home market effects in trade models with imperfect competition are little understood. This paper proposes a simple model in which such implications can be easily analyzed. It shows an overall tendency of imperfectly competitive sectors to inefficiently cluster in locations that offer market access advantages. The more so the stronger the market power of firms as well as the intensity of increasing returns to scale and the lower the trade costs. As such features are likely to di¤er widely across sectors, those results provide theoretical ground to the promotion of regional policies that are also sector-specific and not only region-specific as currently in the EU.

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Paper provided by Centro Studi Luca d\'Agliano, University of Milano in its series Development Working Papers with number 155.

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Date of creation: 01 May 2001
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Handle: RePEc:csl:devewp:155

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Keywords: economic integration; specialization; home market effect; regional disparities; regional policy;

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