Geography, Trade Patterns, and Economic Policy

Author/Editor:

Carlos M. Asilis ; Luis Rivera-Batiz

Publication Date:

February 1, 1994

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Summary:

This paper presents a geographical theory of location and interregional trade. Location is treated as an endogenous variable by firms, consumers and perfectly mobile workers in a two-sector economy. Space plays a central role owing to transportation costs, market access, and distance from polluting industrial centers. The model is used to examine: (1) aspects of a compensating-differential theory of regional unevenness, (2) the theoretical formulation of a gravity theory of trade patterns, (3) the geographic basis for industrial and environmental policy, and (4) the interaction between reductions in transportation costs, location patterns, and technological improvements.

Series:

Working Paper No. 94/16

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

February 1, 1994

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451843330/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0161994

Format:

Paper

Pages:

44

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