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The gains from specialization and population size


  • Ruffin, Roy J.


This note combines three ideas: the association of more people with new goods, the comparative advantages of individuals, and economic happiness. People may not be happier in a larger knowledge economy, but the gains from specialization are necessarily larger.

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  • Ruffin, Roy J., 2009. "The gains from specialization and population size," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 105(1), pages 76-77, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:105:y:2009:i:1:p:76-77

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    1. Kwok Tong Soo, 2014. "The gains from external scale economies and comparative advantage," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 34(1), pages 84-88.


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