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Asymmetric Globalization and Specialization

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This paper constructs a theoretical framework to analyze the impact of international openness of the relatively big globalizers on specialization. In contrast to the conventional positive effect of market size on specialization, we show market expansion induced by asymmetric globalization may decrease the level of specialization in terms of components. In addition, the number of components produced in the big globalizers may also decrease, a case distinct from the conventional home-market effects. JEL Calssification: F12, L11

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  • Cheng-Te Lee & Deng-Shing Huang, 2017. "Asymmetric Globalization and Specialization," IEAS Working Paper : academic research 17-A004, Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Handle: RePEc:sin:wpaper:17-a004
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    Keywords

    global market size; asymmetric globalization; specialization; home market effects;

    JEL classification:

    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms

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