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Regional Specialisation and Technological Leapfrogging


  • Mary Amiti

    (Department of Economics and Finance, La Trobe University)


This paper investigates circumstances where a region loses its technological leadership after some major technological breakthrough. Input-output linkages between firms in a Cournot upstream industry and a perfectly competitive downstream industry create forces for agglomeration in particular locations, driving up prices of immobile factors. A new superior technology, incompatible with the old, will not benefit from these linkages, so is more likely to be established in locations with little existing industry due to lower factor prices. Furthermore, it is possible that the old and new technologies can coexist.

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  • Mary Amiti, 1998. "Regional Specialisation and Technological Leapfrogging," Working Papers 1998.14, School of Economics, La Trobe University.
  • Handle: RePEc:ltr:wpaper:1998.14

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    1. Gilles Duranton & Diego Puga, 2000. "Diversity and Specialisation in Cities: Why, Where and When Does it Matter?," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 37(3), pages 533-555, March.
    2. André Rocha & José Pedro Pontes, 2005. "Spatial Cournot Oligopoly with Vertical Linkages," Working Papers Department of Economics 2005/11, ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics and Management, Department of Economics, Universidade de Lisboa.
    3. Amiti, Mary, 2005. "Location of vertically linked industries: agglomeration versus comparative advantage," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 49(4), pages 809-832, May.
    4. Mary Amiti & Lisa Cameron, 2007. "Economic Geography and Wages," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 89(1), pages 15-29, February.
    5. Gallo Fredrik, 2006. "Increasing Returns, Input-Output Linkages, and Technological Leapfrogging," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 6(1), pages 1-29, August.
    6. José Pedro Pontes, 2004. "Agglomeration in a Vertically-linked Oligopoly," Working Papers Department of Economics 2004/06, ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics and Management, Department of Economics, Universidade de Lisboa.


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