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The Economics of Density: Evidence from the Berlin Wall
In this section, we develop in further detail the theoretical model outlined in the paper. We present the complete technical derivations for all the expressions and results reported in the paper. InExpand
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Endowments vs. market potential: What explains the relocation of industry after the Polish reunification in 1918?
How did the location of industry across interwar Poland react to the Polish reunification? After more than 120 years of political and economic separation, Poland was reunified at the end of 1918. InExpand
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History and Industry Location: Evidence from German Airports
Abstract A central prediction of a large class of theoretical models is that industry location is not uniquely determined by fundamentals. Despite the theoretical prominence of this idea, there isExpand
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Tear Down this Wall: On the Persistence of Borders in Trade (Démolir Ce Mur: À Propos De La Persistance Des Frontières Dans Le Commerce)
Why do borders still matter for economic activity? The reunification of Germany in 1990 provides a unique natural experiment for examining the effect of political borders on trade. With the fall ofExpand
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Was Germany Ever United? Evidence from Intra- and International Trade, 1885–1933
  • Nikolaus Wolf
  • Economics
  • The Journal of Economic History
  • 1 April 2008
When did Germany become economically integrated? Based on a large new data set on trade flows within and across the borders of Germany, I explore the geography of trade costs across Central Europe,Expand
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Europe's Great Depression: Coordination Failure after the First World War
In this paper I survey and reinterpret the extensive literature on Europe's Great Depression. I argue that Europe could not exploit her vast economic potential after 1918, because the war had not yetExpand
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On the origins of border effects: insights from the Habsburg Empire
What are the origins of border effects on trade and why do borders continue to matter in periods of increasing economic integration? We explore the hypothesis that border effects emerged as a resultExpand
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Comparative Advantages in Italy: A Long-Run Perspective
The history of Italy since her unification in 1861 reflects the two-way relationship between foreign trade and economic development. Its growth was accompanied by a dramatic increase in the country'sExpand
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Path dependent border effects: the case of Poland's reunification (1918-1939)
Abstract The paper explores the persistence of former borders in an integrating economic area, the reborn Polish nation state after World War I. It uses a gravity model of trade for the yearsExpand
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The Location of the UK Cotton Textiles Industry in 1838: A Quantitative Analysis
We examine the geography of cotton textiles in Britain in 1838 to test claims about why the industry came to be so heavily concentrated in Lancashire. Our analysis considers both first and secondExpand
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