Trade, power, and location: the spatial dynamics of the relationship between exchange and political-economic strength

G. L. Gaile, R. Grant

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Through an empirical analysis of 40 years of international trade data, the dynamic relationships between trade and political-economic power are investigated in a spatial context on a global scale. The basic hypothesis is that location continues to play a significant role in trade relationships after differential political and economic power determinants are considered. Using a simple spatial interaction model, trade is analyzed as a predictable relationship based on distance and a broad definition of power. This classic gravity model predicts the majority of the variance in the complex structure of contemporary international trade. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-337
Number of pages9
JournalEconomic Geography
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Economics and Econometrics

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