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A Simple Dynamic Model of Uneven Development and Overtaking

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  • Klaus Desmet

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This paper extends the Brezis et al. (1993) Ricardian leapfrogging model by introducing geographically mobile capital and allowing for a wider variety of development patterns. In a two--region economy, localised learning--by--doing causes specialisation and uneven development. Technological change reverses the existing development pattern if the new technology locates in the low--wage region. However, the development pattern may also be reinforced if spillovers between the old and the new technology make the leading region a more attractive location. Capital flows are explicitly analysed and it is furthermore shown that inter--regional transfers may reduce the chance of take--off. Copyright Royal Economic Society 2002

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  • Klaus Desmet, 2002. "A Simple Dynamic Model of Uneven Development and Overtaking," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 112(482), pages 894-918, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:112:y:2002:i:482:p:894-918
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    4. Klaus Desmet & Ignacio Ortuño Ortín, 2007. "Rational Underdevelopment," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 109(1), pages 1-24, March.
    5. Furukawa, Yuichi, 2012. "Perpetual leapfrogging in international competition," MPRA Paper 40126, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Jul 2012.
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    7. Rota, Mauro, 2009. "Long Run Loans and Industrial Policy in Italy in the 1960s," MPRA Paper 17189, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    12. Rutzer, Christian, 2014. "From the Loser to the Winner - How Trade Liberalization can lead to Leapfrogging between Countries," Annual Conference 2014 (Hamburg): Evidence-based Economic Policy 100313, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.

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