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Handling Market Imperfections in a Spatial Economy: Some Experimental Results II

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  • Eduardo A. Haddad


  • Geoffrey J. D. Hewings


The Brazilian economy, with significant differencesin the distribution of economic activity acrossregions, presents a challenge to models that adopt aperfectly competitive market structure. This paperemploys an interregional CGE model of the Brazilianeconomy to explore the long-run impacts ofpositing changes in transportation structure andscale economies on regional and national welfare.In particular, the transportation cost structure ismodeled explicitly as a margin rather than in an icebergform; scale economies are addressed as a wayto mimic the imperfectly competitive structure ofthe Brazilian economy and to capture some of thepotential impacts of core-periphery relationshipsin production structure. This paper complementsa previous study by Haddad and Hewings (2005)that focused on the short-run implications of similarexperiments.

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Volume (Year): 27 (2009)
Issue (Month): 58 (August)
Pages: 140-193

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Handle: RePEc:col:000107:005846
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