Transportation costs and the great divergence

Leonid V. Azarnert

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This work shows the asymmetric effect of the reduction in transportation costs across different sectors in the process of the Great Divergence. Specifically, the analysis indicates that reductions in transportation costs of industrial goods enhance convergence of the growth rates of trading economies. In contrast, reductions in transportation costs of nonindustrial goods contribute to a further divergence across countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-228
Number of pages15
JournalMacroeconomic Dynamics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 16 Sep 2014


  • Economic Growth
  • Fertility
  • International Trade
  • Trade Costs
  • Transportation Revolution


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