Preference heterogeneity and economic geography - 2005

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(Quaderni del Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Matematico-Statistiche dell'Università del Salento - Collana di Economia, 68/32 / 2005)
New economic geography mo dels analyze agglomeration and dispersion forces, whose interactions determine the spatial distribution of economic activity. We introduce consumers’taste differences in the model by Ottaviano et al.(2002), and we argue that this allows us to represent an additional source of dependence of equilibrium prices on the demand properties shaped by the interregional distribution of workers. In particular, when the intensity of skilled workers’ preference for the modern good and its variety is strong enough, prices charged by firms, either local or foreign, may increase when the mass of local firms increases therefore acting as a dispersion force.

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Introduction     PDF

The model with heterogeneous preferences     PDF
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Preference differences and equilibrium outcomes     PDF
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The competition effect and the preference effect in detail     PDF
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Conclusions     PDF

Bibliography     PDF

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