Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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Lund University, Department of Economics

No 2005:32: Determining the Level of Transportation Costs in the Core-Periphery Model: a Majority Voting Approach

Fredrik Gallo ()
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Fredrik Gallo: Department of Economics, Lund University, Postal: Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Box 7082, S-220 07 Lund, Sweden

Abstract: We analyse the political determination of transportation costs in an analytically solvable core-periphery model. In a benchmark case with certainty about where agglomeration takes place, we find that a majority of voters prefers low trade costs and the resulting equilibrium is an industrialised core and a de-industrialised periphery. Allowing for uncertainty we show that a high trade cost candidate, that guarantees the initial symmetric equilibrium, may defeat the core-periphery equilibrium candidate. The reason is that a coalition of risk-averse immobile factors of production votes for status quo due to uncertainty about which region that will attract industrial activity.

Keywords: core-periphery model; majority voting; new economic geography; regional policy

JEL-codes: F12; F15; R12

37 pages, May 31, 2005

Note: This paper has been replaced by WP 2006:22 "Resisting Economic Integration when Industry Location is Uncertain"

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