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Monopolistic Competition, Trade and Endogenous Spatial Fluctuations

  • Gianmarco Ottaviano

This paper investigates the possibility of endogenous fluctuations in the international distribution of economic activities in the presence of increasing returns, monopolistic competition, trade and convex adjustment costs without allowing for any local productive externalities. Using a two-country dynamic general equilibrium model, it derives necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of self-reinforcing relocation processes. It shows that the occurrence of multiple equilibria and endogenous fluctuations is associated with a high degree of increasing returns to scale as well as low trade and adjustment costs. Under such circumstances relocation processes are driven by self-fulfilling expectations

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Paper provided by Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna in its series Working Papers with number 240.

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Date of creation: Jan 1996
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Handle: RePEc:bol:bodewp:240
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