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A Geometry Of Specialisation

  • Joseph F. Francois

    (Tinbergen Institute and CEPR)

  • Douglas Nelson

    (Tulane University and Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy)

Division of labour models have become a standard analytical tool, along with competitive general equilibrium models (Ricardian, HOS, Ricardo--Viner), in public finance, trade, growth, development and macroeconomics. Yet unlike the earlier models, these models lack a canonical graphical representation. This is because they are both new and complex, characterised by multiple equilibria, instability and emergent structural properties under parameter transformation. We develop a general framework for such models, illustrating results from current research on specialisation models, and explaining why one sub--class of these models is particularly difficult to illustrate. Copyright 2002 Royal Economic Society

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Volume (Year): 112 (2002)
Issue (Month): 481 (July)
Pages: 649-678

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