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A Centre-Periphery Framework on Kaldorian Lines


  • Prabirjit Sarkar


This paper develops the seminal ideas of Nicholas Kaldor into a Centre-Periphery framework of the world economy, where the Centre faces the problem of surplus capacity and effective demand and the Periphery faces a capacity constraint. In such a framework, a Harrod-type 'foreign trade multiplier' works in a short-run partial equilibrium analysis: a rise in the Periphery's output increases demand for output of the Centre. There is some ambiguity in the short-run effect of the peripheral terms of trade on the output of the Centre. In the long-run equilibrium growth of the whole framework, the 'foreign trade multiplier' does not work. A rise in factor productivity or the growth rate in the Periphery leads to a fall in its terms of trade while the Centre remains unaffected. A rise in the productivity in the Centre affects its factor income, not its terms of trade.

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  • Prabirjit Sarkar, 2009. "A Centre-Periphery Framework on Kaldorian Lines," Review of Political Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 21(3), pages 393-401.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:revpoe:v:21:y:2009:i:3:p:393-401
    DOI: 10.1080/09538250903073446

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    1. Prebisch, Raúl, 1950. "The economic development of Latin America and its principal problems," Sede de la CEPAL en Santiago (Estudios e Investigaciones) 29973, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL).
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    1. Hiroaki Sasaki, 2011. "Trade, Non‐Scale Growth And Uneven Development," Metroeconomica, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 62(4), pages 691-711, November.

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