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Regions, Resources, and Economic Geography: Sources of U.S. Regional Comparative Advantage, 1880-1987

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    This paper estimates the Rybczynski equation matrix for the twenty two-digit U.S." manufacturing industries for various years between 1880 and 1987. As predicted by the standard" general equilibrium theory of interregional trade, the regression estimates show that a consistent" set of factor endowments explains a significant amount of the geographic distribution of" manufacturing activities over time. Although these results do not rule out the importance of" increasing returns, they do suggest certain limits on how increasing returns affect U.S. economic" geography.

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    Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 6322.

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    Date of creation: Dec 1997
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    Publication status: published as RSUE, Vol. 29, no. 1 (January 1999): 1-32.
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    1. Máximo Torero & Javier Escobal, 2000. "Does Geography Explain Differences in Economic Growth in Peru?," Research Department Publications 3103, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.

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