Time Zones as a Source of Comparative Advantage
This note proposes a three-country model of monopolistic competition that captures the role of time zones in the division of labor. The connectivity of business service sectors via communications networks (e.g. the Internet, satellite communications systems) is found to determine the structure of comparative advantage. That is, two countries with connected service sectors have a comparative advantage in the good that requires business services. It is also shown that the third unconnected country inevitably specializes in the good that does not require business services. Copyright � 2009 The Author. Journal compilation � 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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Volume (Year): 17 (2009)
Issue (Month): 5 (November)
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