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History‐Dependent Paths and Trade Gains in a Small Open Economy with a Public Intermediate Good

Posted: 24 Feb 2012  

Akihiko Yanase

Tohoku University - Graduate School of International Cultural Studies

Makoto Tawada

Nagoya University - Graduate School of Economics

Date Written: February 2012

Abstract

This study reexamines McMillan's (International Economic Review 19 (1978), 665–78) analysis of a dynamic small open economy with a public intermediate good. Concerning the trade patterns of the open economy, we find results that were overlooked in McMillan's analysis. Among others, if labor endowment is of intermediate size, there are two saddle‐point steady states, and the initial stock of the public good determines the long‐run trade pattern. We also add a gains‐from‐trade analysis to McMillan's model and demonstrate that if the economy has a comparative advantage in a good with productivity less sensitive to the public intermediate good, the economy may lose from trade at the steady state.

Suggested Citation

Yanase, Akihiko and Tawada, Makoto, History‐Dependent Paths and Trade Gains in a Small Open Economy with a Public Intermediate Good (February 2012). International Economic Review, Vol. 53, Issue 1, pp. 303-314, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2010306 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2354.2011.00681.x

Akihiko Yanase (Contact Author)

Tohoku University - Graduate School of International Cultural Studies ( email )

41 Kawauchi
Aoba-ku
Sendai, 980-8576
Japan

Makoto Tawada

Nagoya University - Graduate School of Economics ( email )

1 Furo-cho
Chikusa-ku
Nagoya, 464-8601
Japan

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