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Small Island States in the Pacific: the Tyranny of Distance

  • Chris Becker
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    This paper seeks to document key characteristics of small island states in the Pacific. It restricts itself to a limited number of indicators which are macro-orientated - population, fertility of land, ability to tap into economies of scale, income, and geographic isolation. It leaves aside equally important but more micro-orientated variables and development indicators. We show that small island states in the Pacific are different from countries in other regional groupings in that they are extremely isolated and have limited scope to tap economies of scale due to small populations. They often have little arable land. There is empirical evidence to suggest that these factors are related to income growth.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 12/223.

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    Length: 28
    Date of creation: 01 Sep 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:12/223
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    1. Mayer, Thierry & Zignago, Soledad, 2006. "Notes on CEPII’s distances measures," MPRA Paper 26469, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Yiqun Wu & Patrizia Tumbarello & Niamh Sheridan, 2012. "Global and Regional Spillovers to Pacific Island Countries," IMF Working Papers 12/154, International Monetary Fund.
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