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Quantitative Economic Geography Meets History: Questions, Answers and Challenges

Dávid Krisztián Nagy

No 1249, Working Papers from Barcelona School of Economics

Abstract: A rapidly growing literature uses quantitative general equilibrium models of economic geography to study the economic impact of historical events such as the railroad revolution, industrial take-off, structural transformation and wars. I identify three key challenges facing this literature: the tractability of model structure, the availability of historical data, and issues related to identification. I review the literature by discussing how it has been addressing each of these challenges. While doing so, I point out the rich set of questions that this literature can address, as well as the methodological innovations it has conducted to answer these questions.

Keywords: optimal taxation; optimal profit tax; market power; market structure; markups (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N9 R10 R13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-04
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