Trade, Growth, and Inequality

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Combining the fields of international trade theory, economic development, and economic growth, this text provides an advanced exposition suitable for graduate students as well as researchers at all levels. It combines mathematical rigour with an exceptional breadth of approaches, including institutions, history, and comparative economics. Existing research is exposited and evaluated, and numerous new results are included. The central themes of economic inequality, within and between nations, are discussed, as is convergence, or the reduction of inequality.

Distinctive features of the volume include a radical re-evaluation of the theoretical basis of the economic convergence model proposed by Barro and Sala-i-Martin, a new generalization of the standard HOS model, and a new concept, the economic environment, designed to model the effects of institutions in a more analytical and micro-founded manner is discussed. Uniquely, the real world examples included focus not only on countries participating fully in globalized trade, like China, but also those countries and regions failing to fully participate, specifically the Arab world and sub-Saharan Africa. The text concludes with a discussion of current issues in world economic governance, particularly the IMF and limitations of the Washington consensus, showing that some criticism fails to confront fundamental difficulties.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199204649
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/5/2008
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Bliss received his training in Economics at Cambridge, England, and at MIT. He taught for some years at Cambridge, then at the University of Essex, and he has been in Oxford since 1977. Most of the year 1974-75 he spent in the village of Palanpur, West UP, India, with (now Sir) Nicholas Stern, studying this remote economy. The book Palanpur: The Economy of an Indian Village, Oxford University Press, 1982, reports this research. He has published two other books, and numerous journal papers. He has been an Editor at various times of the Review of Economic Studies, Oxford Economic Papers and the Economic Journal. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and a Fellow of the British Academy.

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Table of Contents

Preface vi

1 Introduction 1

2 Trade in an Unequal World 27

3 Why the Poor Stay Poor 40

4 Convergence in Theory and Practice 73

5 Competitive Trade Theory 103

6 High-Dimension Models 127

7 Participation and Comparative Advantage 146

8 Institutions, Failing States, and Corruption 162

9 The Real Exchange Rate 186

10 Mobile Factors and Urbanization 197

11 International Trade Rules, Politics, and the Environment 219

12 Trade, and Growth, and Catching-Up 238

13 Two Models of Growth and the Resource Curse 261

14 Unequal Trade and Trade between the Unequal 275

15 Conclusions and Unresolved Issues 297

References 301

Index 313

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