Trade and Geography: Paul Krugman and the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics

31 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2009

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Steven Brakman

University of Groningen - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Harry Garretsen

Utrecht University - School of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Radboud University Nijmegen - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 1, 2009

Abstract

The 2008 Nobel prize for economics was awarded to Paul Krugman for three papers - Krugman (1979, 1980, 1991). In this paper we illustrate that, indeed, these three papers are closely connected. We present - a summary of - the papers using a unified framework. Central in the discussion is the so-called home market effect that was already alluded to in Krugman (1979). We evaluate his work and conclude that these three papers changed and improved the way economists think about trade and geography.

JEL Classification: F1, N7

Suggested Citation

Brakman, Steven and Garretsen, Harry, Trade and Geography: Paul Krugman and the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics (January 1, 2009). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2528. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1333517

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