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On the death of distance and borders: Evidence from the nineteenth century

  • Jacks, David S.

We investigate time-dependent border and distance effects in the nineteenth century and document clear declines in these variables over time. This suggests that trade costs may have not declined as dramatically in the late twentieth century as has been supposed.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 105 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (December)
Pages: 230-233

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