'Mind the Gap!': Transport Costs and Price Convergence in the 19th Century Atlantic Economy

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'Mind the Gap!' : Transport Costs and Price Convergence in the 19th Century Atlantic Economy. / Persson, Karl Gunnar.

Cph. : Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen, 2002.

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Persson, KG 2002 ''Mind the Gap!': Transport Costs and Price Convergence in the 19th Century Atlantic Economy' Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen, Cph.

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Persson, K. G. (2002). 'Mind the Gap!': Transport Costs and Price Convergence in the 19th Century Atlantic Economy. Cph.: Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen.

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Persson KG. 'Mind the Gap!': Transport Costs and Price Convergence in the 19th Century Atlantic Economy. Cph.: Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen. 2002.

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Persson, Karl Gunnar. / 'Mind the Gap!' : Transport Costs and Price Convergence in the 19th Century Atlantic Economy. Cph. : Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen, 2002.

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