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The Core-Periphery Model and Endogenous Growth

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  • Baldwin, Richard
  • Forslid, Rikard

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This paper presents a model in which long-run growth and industrial location are jointly endogenous. Specifically, it introduces Romer-Grossman-Helpman endogenous growth into Krugman’s core-periphery model with footloose labour. The paper focuses on stability of the symmetric equilibrium, showing that growth is a powerful destabilising force. For instance, even with prohibitive trade barriers, the symmetric equilibrium is unstable as long as workers’ discount rates are not too high. It also shows that inter-regional learning spillovers are a stabilizing force. Finally, the paper shows that agglomeration of industry is favourable to growth in both regions, so positive growth effects might offset the well-known static welfare loss that the periphery experiences when the core-periphery outcome occurs.

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  • Baldwin, Richard & Forslid, Rikard, 1997. "The Core-Periphery Model and Endogenous Growth," CEPR Discussion Papers 1749, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:1749
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    Keywords

    Economic Geography; Endogenous Growth;

    JEL classification:

    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F20 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - General
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models

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