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The sustainability of empire in a global perspective: the role of international trade patterns

Bonfatti, Roberto

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Abstract

I construct a model in which a colony trades raw materials for manufactures with the mother country and the rest of the world, and can rebel at the cost of some trade disruption with the mother country. Decolonisation is more likely when the rest of the world is more abundant in manufactures, or scarcer in raw materials: this is because trade policy in the rest of the world is more favourable to a rebel colony, while trade policy within the empire is more restrictive. I use my results to explain the timing of the American Revolution, and the Latin American Revolutionary Wars. I discuss some important implications for the history of colonialism.

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Bonfatti, R. (2017). The sustainability of empire in a global perspective: the role of international trade patterns. Journal of International Economics, 108, 137-156. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jinteco.2017.06.002

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 5, 2017
Online Publication Date Jun 15, 2017
Publication Date Sep 1, 2017
Deposit Date Jun 21, 2017
Publicly Available Date Dec 16, 2018
Journal Journal of International Economics
Print ISSN 0022-1996
Electronic ISSN 0022-1996
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 108
Pages 137-156
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jinteco.2017.06.002
Keywords Colonial trade, rise and fall of empires, economic legacy of colonialism
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/966591
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022199617300685

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