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Explaining Trade Flows: Traditional and New Determinants of Trade Patterns

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  • Gourdon, Julien

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    (World Bank)

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An empirical tradition in international trade seeks to establish whether the predictions of factor abundance theory match with the data. In this paper, we test if the “new” determinants used in the factor content version of H-O-V models (differences in productivity, in returns to scale or in consumers’ preferences) help us to improve our estimation of trade patterns in commodities. The results show that conventional factors are still important in determining trade structure although new determinants need to be included to determine comparative advantage. Turning to the change across periods, differences in factor endowments have not diminished over time: we observe an increase in specialization according to skill endowment. Hence, those “new” determinants are not new forces that drive trade flows.

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Article provided by Center for Economic Integration, Sejong University in its journal Journal of Economic Integration.

Volume (Year): 24 (2009)
Issue (Month): ()
Pages: 53-86

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Handle: RePEc:ris:integr:0465

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Keywords: international trade; Hecksher-Ohlin model;

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Cited by:
  1. Julie Regolo, 2013. "Export Diversification: How Much Does the Choice of the Trading Partner Matter?," Research Papers by the Department of Economics, University of Geneva 13072, Département des Sciences Économiques, Université de Genève.
  2. Jan Hanousek & Evžen Kočenda, 2013. "Factors of trade in Europe," Working Papers 333, Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (Institute for East and South-East European Studies).
  3. Regolo, Julie, 2013. "Export diversification: How much does the choice of the trading partner matter?," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 91(2), pages 329-342.

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