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A Geometry Of Specialisation

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  • Joseph F. Francois

    (Tinbergen Institute and CEPR)

  • Douglas Nelson

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

Abstract

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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  • Joseph F. Francois & Douglas Nelson, 2002. "A Geometry Of Specialisation," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 112(481), pages 649-678, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:112:y:2002:i:481:p:649-678
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    1. Joseph F. Francois, 2004. "Assessing the Impact of Trade Policy on Labour Markets and Production," Economie Internationale, CEPII research center, issue 99, pages 27-47.
    2. Michael Burda & Barbara Dluhosch, 2000. "Fragmentation, Globalization and Labor Markets," CESifo Working Paper Series 352, CESifo Group Munich.
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    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models

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