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Should Small Countries Fear Deindustrialization?

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  • Ai-Ting Goh
  • Tomasz Kamil Michalski

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Will small countries deindustrialize when opening up to trade with large countries? Donald Davis (1998 ) shows that for the home market effect to lead to deindustrialization of small countries, trade costs for homogeneous goods must be sufficiently smaller than trade costs in differentiated goods, a condition which is not supported by empirical evidence. We show that if differentiated goods production uses tradable inputs small countries can become deindustrialized when trading with a sufficiently large country and if trade costs are low. Copyright © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Ai-Ting Goh & Tomasz Kamil Michalski, 2010. "Should Small Countries Fear Deindustrialization?," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 18(4), pages 607-617, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:reviec:v:18:y:2010:i:4:p:607-617
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    • F01 - International Economics - - General - - - Global Outlook
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)

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