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1 Increasing Returns and Economic Geography © Allen C. Goodman, 2002

2 IRTS Fundamental basis for urban areas is increasing returns to scale in something. You can’t have gathering of activities unless you have IRTS. Strangely, urban economists didn’t do much with this for many years. Krugman used some of his international trade models to gain some useful insights. How does the model work?

3 Utility All individuals have utility function: (1) where C A is consumption of agricultural good, and C M is consumption of manufactured good.

4 Manufacturing Manufacturing aggregate is defined by: (2) where N is the number of potential products and  > 1 is the elasticity of substitution among the products

5 Labor force Peasant population is completely immobile between regions, with a given peasant supply (1 –  )/2 in each region. Thus, workers in each region add up to: L 1 + L 2 = .(3)

6 IRTS Key feature of manufacturing is: L Mi =  +  x I (4) This gives us increasing returns to scale since: x i /L Mi = [1 – (  /L Mi )]/ . Output per person increases as L increases.

7 Free Entry With free entry of firms into mfg., then profits must = 0. So: (p 1 –  w 1 )x 1 =  w 1 (7) (p 2 –  w 2 )x 2 =  w 2 Using (6) and (7), (8)

8 Output/firm So, output/firm is the same in each region irrespective of wage rates, relative demand, etc. This implies that the number of mfg. goods produced in each region is proportional to the number of workers such that: (9)

9 Neary on Fujita-Krugman-Venables (FKV) © A. Goodman, 2002

10 Costs Wages = w Fixed costs = Fw Variable costs = cw Total costs = Fw + cqw Marginal cost = cw

11 cw AC MR D  cw/(  (  F/c Equilibrium (1) MR = MC (2) Profits = 0 (2’) Price = AC

12 Transport Costs – Iceberg Key assumption Transport cost = (T-1) * Producer Price So, if T = 1, transport cost is 0. The higher T is, relative to 1, the more is lost, and the higher the transport cost. It costs $ to transport manufactured goods; it costs 0 to transport agricultural goods.

13 Impacts (8) n 1 domestic varieties cost p 1 n 2 imported varieties cost p 2 T Since each firm sells in both markets the price index is decreasing in the number of firms in both markets (because greater variety benefits consumers), and increasing in trade costs (9)

14 Home Market Effect Country with higher demand has a proportionately larger share of manufacturing. It assumes rather than explains international differences in incomes, since we (as yet) haven’t explained agglomeration.

15 Assume Labor Mobility When will eq’m exhibit diversification with manufacturing taking place in both countries, and when will it exhibit agglomeration? Assume a new mfg. firm enters in Country (region) 1 (and a firm exits in Country 2). If  1 falls, firm leaves and initial eq’m returns. If  1 rises, initial equilibrium is unstable. There are three effects of entry.

16 cw AC MR D  cw/(  (  F/c Three Effects of Entry 1 Price Index Effect Demand and MR 2 Demand or Backward Linkage Demand and MR 3 Cost or Forward Linkage AC and MC

17 Three effects (1) Price index – An extra firm lowers the industry price index which reduces the demand facing each existing firm. This is arrow 1. This is always stabilizing.

18 Three effects (2) Demand (backward linkage) – An extra firm raises demand for labor in Country 1. This puts upward pressure on local money wages, which encourages foreign workers to migrate. This in turn raises demand for local varieties. This is arrow 2 and tends to  ,  more inmigration, etc. Agglomeration is more likely when share of mfg in national income is high and transportation costs are low.

19 Three effects (3) Third effect – Since migration is driven by differentials in real wages, entry by a new firm tends to raise real wages (because P 1  in Country 1. This further increases migration. This is arrow 3.

20 Putting them together Stability is affected by: T – transportation costs m - share of nominal income spent on mfg.  – elasticity of substitution between varieties Higher T always encourage stability. For sufficiently low T, diversification is always unstable since the countries are ex ante identical. Somewhere in between is a threshold level of trade costs, a “break” point at which the diversified equilibrium is on the brink of instability.

21 In sum With high transport costs, you get local agglomeration, but expensive foreign goods. Local wages may fall  to regional convergence. With low transport costs, you get local agglomeration, and cheaper foreign goods. Local wages may rise  regional divergence.


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