Published in «Journal of International Economic Affairs»1 / 2019
DOI: 10.18334/eo.9.1.39924

The theoretical study of the conceptual content of two fundamental approaches to the interpretation of the dynamics of territorial economic inequality

Fenin Kirill Vyacheslavovich, Saratov national research state University named after N. G. Chernyshevsky, Russia

Теоретическое исследование концептуального содержания двух фундаментальных подходов к интерпретации динамики территориального экономического неравенства - View in Russian

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Abstract:
This article contains an analysis of main economic theories and models that form the basis of two approaches to the problem of describing, explaining and predicting the dynamics of territorial (global, intercountry, national and local) economic inequality. The study of the first approach (the «flat world» approach), based on the classical and neoclassical theories of the international division of labor and world trade, the Marx’s theory, the Chelintsev’s concept of the development of agricultural areas, models of innovation diffusion of T. Hägerstrand and H. Giesch, made it possible to reduce its main content to the thesis of a gradual convergence, i.e. the movement from an economically heterogeneous to a uniformly developed world. The study of the second approach (the «voluminous world» approach), combining the concept of Serra, the theory of von Thünen, the theory Weber, Myrdal’s scientific views, Krugman’s aggregated formal mathematical model, to reduce its main content to the idea of the periodical reproduction of territorial and economic inequalities between states and their regions. Preservation over long historical intervals and periodic growth of the scale of territorial economic inequality indicate that the theories of the «flat world» approach are more relevant.

Keywords:

«flat world» approach, «voluminous world» approach, dynamics, territorial economic inequality

JEL-Classification: D63, F69, R13

Citation:
Fenin K.V. (2019). The theoretical study of the conceptual content of two fundamental approaches to the interpretation of the dynamics of territorial economic inequality [Teoreticheskoe issledovanie kontseptualnogo soderzhaniya dvukh fundamentalnyh podkhodov k interpretatsii dinamiki territorialnogo ekonomicheskogo neravenstva]. Journal of International Economic Affairs, 9(1). (in Russian). – doi: 10.18334/eo.9.1.39924.


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