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Globalization and the Evolution of the Supply Chain: who gains and who loses?

  • Masahisa Fujita

    (Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University)

  • Jacques-Francois Thisse

    (CORE, Universite catholique de Louvain (Belgium), CERAS, Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussees (France) and CEPR.)

This paper focuses on two distint facets of globalization: the decrease in the trade costs of goods and the decline of communication costs between headquarters and production facilities within firms. When the unskilled have about the same wage in the two regions, the decrease of these costs fosters the gradual agglomeration of plants in the core region accommodating the headquarters. By contrast, when the wage gap is significant, the process of integration eventually trigers the re-location of plants into the periphery. In particular, when the preocess of re-location is driven by falling communication costs, the welfare of all workers living in the core goes down whereas the welfare of those who reside in the periphery rises.

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Paper provided by Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research in its series KIER Working Papers with number 571.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: May 2003
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Handle: RePEc:kyo:wpaper:571
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