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Regions, Resources, and Economic Geography: Sources of U.S. Regional Comparative Advantage, 1880-1987

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This paper estimates the Rybczynski equation matrix for the twenty two-digit U.S." manufacturing industries for various years between 1880 and 1987. As predicted by the standard" general equilibrium theory of interregional trade, the regression estimates show that a consistent" set of factor endowments explains a significant amount of the geographic distribution of" manufacturing activities over time. Although these results do not rule out the importance of" increasing returns, they do suggest certain limits on how increasing returns affect U.S. economic" geography.

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  • Sukkoo Kim, 1997. "Regions, Resources, and Economic Geography: Sources of U.S. Regional Comparative Advantage, 1880-1987," NBER Working Papers 6322, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    1. Máximo Torero & Javier Escobal, 2000. "Does Geography Explain Differences in Economic Growth in Peru?," Research Department Publications 3103, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.

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    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade

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