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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE A 2007 Vol.8 No.1 P.164-170


A model of regional economic development with increasing returns

Author(s):  QIAN Edward Y., YAO Yao-jun, CHEN Gary

Affiliation(s):  Center for Research of Private Economy, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China; more

Corresponding email(s):   yanminqian_ca@yahoo.com.cn

Key Words:  Economic development, Increasing returns, Moving equilibrium

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QIAN Edward Y., YAO Yao-jun, CHEN Gary. A model of regional economic development with increasing returns[J]. Journal of Zhejiang University Science A, 2007, 8(1): 164-170.

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This paper develops mathematically and empirically tractable regional and interregional model of economic development with increasing returns to scale (IRS) under the neoclassical assumptions. A one-sector, two-region model in which one region exhibits IRS is presented and the whole nation presents constant returns to scale. The development of the local IRS economy is shown to be constrained to a “moving equilibrium” path. The preliminary empirical results are sufficiently supportive of the argument to encourage further research along the lines of the model. In particular, the neoclassical model does not predict negative coefficients on the real rental value of capital in regressions explaining population or employment relative to that in the nation.

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