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CEP discussion paper
Evolution of Locations, Specialisation and Factor Returns with Two Distinct Waves of Globalisation
Jang Ping Thia
June 2008
Paper No' CEPDP0875:
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JEL Classification: F02; F12; F16

Tags: agglomeration; wage inequality; globalisation

This paper presents an economic geography model with two differentiated sectors that exhibit weaker inter and stronger intra-industry input-output linkages. Labour is also differentiated according to skills in a hierarchy of tasks they can perform. Globalisation occurs in two distinct phases, leading to the agglomeration of an industry (manufacturing) in the first wave, which is subsequently displaced by the other industry (services) when the second wave of globalisation takes place. Because of agglomeration effects, the increase in relative endowment of a factor may increase its relative wages, leading to more inequality. Within and between nations inequality can result.