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Inferring Relative Factor Price Changes from Quantitative Data

In: Topics in Empirical International Economics: A Festschrift in Honor of Robert E. Lipsey

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  • Robert E. Baldwin

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This paper considers the appropriateness of using such quantitative measures as changes in the factor content of trade and the behavior of factor proportions within versus among industries to draw inferences about changes in relative factor prices. The conclusion reached is that only under special assumptions are such linkages justified. Using these special assumptions of Cobb-Douglas or CES production functions and preferences, a final section of the paper presents empirical estimates of how trade may have affected the U.S. wage gap between more educated and less educated workers in recent years.

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  • Magnus Blomstrom & Linda S. Goldberg, 2001. "Topics in Empirical International Economics: A Festschrift in Honor of Robert E. Lipsey," NBER Books, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, number blom01-1, July.
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    1. Jeffrey D. Sachs & Howard J. Shatz, 1994. "Trade and Jobs in Manufacturing," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 25(1), pages 1-84.
    2. E Berman & J Bound & Stephen Machin, 1997. "Implications of Skill-Biased Technological Change: International Evidence," CEP Discussion Papers dp0367, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
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    4. Deardorff, Alan V. & Staiger, Robert W., 1988. "An interpretation of the factor content of trade," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 24(1-2), pages 93-107, February.
    5. Hakura, D. & Deardorff, A.V., 1993. "Trade and Wages: What Are the Questions?," Working Papers 341, Research Seminar in International Economics, University of Michigan.
    6. Deardorff, A.V., 1997. "Factor Prices and the Factor Content of Trade Revisited: What's the Use?," Working Papers 409, Research Seminar in International Economics, University of Michigan.
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    1. Michael Pflüger, 2003. "Trade, Technology and Labour Markets: Empirical Controversies in the Light of the Jones Model," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 328, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.

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