Economic development and non-monotonic spatial transitions

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The purpose of the present study is to analyse non-monotonic spatial changes accompanying economic development. A dynamic two-region model with endogenous human capital and converging processes to its long-run equilibria is investigated. The main focus of the present study is to investigate how the level of migration cost influences the shape of a converging process. From the analysis of the model, population distribution draws an inverted-U-curve to describe economic development when the cost of migration is low enough. Also, the transition of interregional income inequalities is an inverted-U when migration cost is at an intermediate level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-251
Number of pages18
JournalJapanese Economic Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jun
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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