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A Geometry of Specialization

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  • Joseph F. Francois

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    (Erasmus University and CEPR)

  • Douglas Nelson

    (Tulane University and CREDIT)

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Division of labor models have become a standard analytical tool, along withcompetitive general equilibrium models (Ricardian, HOS, Ricardo-Viner), in public finance, trade, growth, development, and macroeconomics. Yet unlike the earlier models, specialization models lack a canonical representation. This is because they are both new and complex, characterized by multiple equilibria, instability, and emergent structural properties under parameter transformation. We develop a general framework for such models, illustrating results from current research on specialization models, and explaining why one sub-class of these models is particularly difficult to illustrate easily.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 98-006/2.

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Keywords: specialization; trade and development; location of industry; agglomeration;

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  1. Jakob Munch & Jan Skaksen, 2009. "Specialization, outsourcing and wages," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer, vol. 145(1), pages 57-73, April.
  2. Joseph Francois, 2005. "Preferential Trade Arrangements and the Pattern of Production and Trade when Inputs are Differentiated," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 05-072/2, Tinbergen Institute.
  3. Eddy Bekkers & Joseph Francois & Miriam Manchin, 2012. "Import Prices, Income and Inequality," Economics working papers 2012-03, Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria.
  4. Burda, Michael C. & Dluhosch, Barbara, 2001. "Fragmentation, globalization and labor markets," SFB 373 Discussion Papers 2001,41, Humboldt University of Berlin, Interdisciplinary Research Project 373: Quantification and Simulation of Economic Processes.
  5. Sajid Anwar, 2001. "Commercial policy and international factor mobility in the presence of monopolistic competition," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 74(3), pages 259-281, October.
  6. Joseph Francois & Douglas R. Nelson, 2000. "Victims of Progress: Economic Integration, Specialization, and Wages for Unskilled Labor," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 00-065/2, Tinbergen Institute.
  7. Joseph F. Francois, 2004. "Assessing the Impact of Trade Policy on Labour Markets and Production," Economie Internationale, CEPII research center, issue 99, pages 27-47.
  8. Joseph Francois & Kevin Grier & Douglas Nelson, 2004. "Globalization, Roundaboutness, and Relative Wages," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 04-021/2, Tinbergen Institute.
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  10. Francois, Joseph & Manchin, Miriam & Martin, Will, 2013. "Market Structure in Multisector General Equilibrium Models of Open Economies," Handbook of Computable General Equilibrium Modeling, Elsevier.

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