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The Location of Comparative Advantages on the Basis of Fundamentals Only

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  • Thijs Ten Raa
  • Pierre Mohnen

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We propose a new way to locate the comparative advantages of two economies linked by international trade. We construct a competitive benchmark based only on the fundamentals of the two economies: endowments, preferences and technologies. The direction of trade is endogenously determined by a linear program with an input-output core. The factor contents of that trade are compared with factor endowments to test the Heckscher-Ohlin model in the presence of different technologies and preferences. We can also evaluate the gains of free bilateral trade. The model is applied to a customs union between Europe and Canada. The Heckscher-Ohlin factor abundance specialization hypothesis is supported by the data.

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Volume (Year): 13 (2001)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 93-108

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Keywords: Comparative Advantage; Gains Free Trade;

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  3. Raa, T. ten & Mohnen, P., 1996. "The location of comparative advantages on the basis of fundamentals only," Discussion Paper 1996-81, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
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