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date: 28 February 2020

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This article provides a brief review of some ideas and results from the political economy literature on the size of nations. It determines the benefits and costs of national size, and then presents a simple analytical framework for understanding several basic issues about the formation and break-up of nations. Compensations, redistribution, income inequality, borders, and conflict between nations are some of the topics that are also covered in this article.

Keywords: political economy, literature, size of nations, national borders, national size, formation, break-up, compensations, income inequality, conflict

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