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The Internationalization of the World Economy and Its Implication for National Welfare


  • Kemp, Murray C
  • Shimomura, Koji


There is no generally accepted definition of internationalization or globalization. The present paper offers three alternative definitions, in terms of (i) an enlargement of the set of trading countries, (ii) an enlargement of the set of traded commodities, or (iii) the international sharing of technology. It is shown that if each country adopts a Paretian scheme of internal compensation then internationalization in each sense leaves at least one country better off, and that if international compensation is admitted then internationalization in each sense makes every country better off. Copyright 1999 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Kemp, Murray C & Shimomura, Koji, 1999. "The Internationalization of the World Economy and Its Implication for National Welfare," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 7(1), pages 1-7, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:reviec:v:7:y:1999:i:1:p:1-7

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    1. M. Sirgy & Dong-Jin Lee & Chad Miller & James Littlefield & Eda Atay, 2007. "The Impact of Imports and Exports on a Country’s Quality of Life," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 83(2), pages 245-281, September.

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