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Virtual Trade between Separated Time Zones and Growth

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  • Sugata Marjit

    (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta)

  • Biswajit Mandal

    (Department of Economics & Politics, Visva-Bharati University Santiniketan, India)

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to propose a model where trade has a direct and positive impact on growth rate of two trading nations beyond the level effect. We use the idea of virtual trade in intermediates induced by non- overlapping time zones and show how trade can increase the equilibrium optimal rate of growth. In this structure the trade impact goes beyond the level effect and directly causes growth. Typically standard models of trade cannot generate an automatic growth impact. Virtual trade may allow production to continue for 24x7 in separated time zones such as between US and India and that can lead to higher growth for both countries. Later we extend the model to incorporate accumulation of skill which becomes necessary for sustaining steady state growth.

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  • Sugata Marjit & Biswajit Mandal, 2016. "Virtual Trade between Separated Time Zones and Growth," Discussion Papers Series 560, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.
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    1. Mandal, Biswajit & Prasad, Alaka Shree & Bhattacharjee, Prasun, 2017. "A Review of Literature on Time Zone Difference and Trade," MPRA Paper 78779, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    International Trade; Time Zone; Growth;

    JEL classification:

    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies

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