Journal of Economics

, Volume 81, Issue 2, pp 103–126 | Cite as

The Implications of Rybczynski’s Theorem for Government Spending, Learning by Doing, and Labor Mobility

  • Thomas Christiaans


The evolution of a small open economy or region with labor mobility and dynamic scale economies in the high-tech sector is analyzed using the neoclassical 2×2-model. Government services are inputs to private production and influence specialization according to Rybczynski’s theorem. This effect is reinforced by dynamic scale economies. Empirically observed differences in regional development and specialization are explained by diverging government policies and/or history-dependent factors. Despite of diverging wage rates, diversified regions and regions specialized in low-tech production may coexist with a common level of per capita incomes.


dynamic scale economies migration specialization 


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Wien 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of SiegenGermany

Personalised recommendations