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The Theory Of Interstellar Trade

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  • PAUL KRUGMAN

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This article extends interplanetary trade theory to an interstellar setting. It is chiefly concerned with the following question: how should interest charges on goods in transit be computed when the goods travel at close to the speed of light? This is a problem because the time taken in transit will appear less to an observer traveling with the goods than to a stationary observer. A solution is derived from economic theory, and two useless but true theorems are proved. (JEL F10, F30)

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  • Paul Krugman, 2010. "The Theory Of Interstellar Trade," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 48(4), pages 1119-1123, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecinqu:v:48:y:2010:i:4:p:1119-1123
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1465-7295.2009.00225.x
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    1. Martin T Braml & Gabriel J Felbermayr, 2019. "What Do We Really Know about the Transatlantic Current Account?," CESifo Economic Studies, CESifo, vol. 65(3), pages 255-274.
    2. Martin T. Braml & Gabriel J. Felbermary & Gabriel J. Felbermayr, 2019. "The EU Self-Surplus Puzzle: An Indication of VAT Fraud?," CESifo Working Paper Series 7982, CESifo.
    3. Martin T. Braml & Gabriel J. Felbermary & Gabriel J. Felbermayr, 2019. "The EU Self-Surplus Puzzle: An Indication of VAT Fraud?," CESifo Working Paper Series 7982, CESifo.

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    JEL classification:

    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
    • F30 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - General

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