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Patterns of technology, industry concentration, and productivity growth without scale effects

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  • Davis, Colin
  • Hashimoto, Ken-ichi

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This paper investigates the relationship between geographic patterns of industry and economic growth in a two-country model of trade with no scale effect, where productivity growth is generated by firm investment in process innovation. We find that dispersed equilibria with industry located in both countries produce higher growth rates than concentrated equilibria with all industry located in one country. The highest growth rate arises for equal industry shares and no productivity gap, implying that industry concentration has a negative effect on overall growth. Convergence towards a dispersed equilibrium is contingent on transport costs and knowledge dispersion.

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  • Davis, Colin & Hashimoto, Ken-ichi, 2014. "Patterns of technology, industry concentration, and productivity growth without scale effects," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 266-278.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:dyncon:v:40:y:2014:i:c:p:266-278
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jedc.2014.01.010
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    Keywords

    Industry concentration; Industry share; Productivity gap; Productivity growth; Scale effect;

    JEL classification:

    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)

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