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Heckscher-Ohlin Theory when Countries have Different Technologies

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  • Eric O'N. Fisher

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Rethinking the foundations of Heckscher-Ohlin theory when countries have different technologies, this paper shows how to make the proper adjustments for international productivity differences. The central tool is a factor conversion matrix that computes the local factor content of foreign Rybczynski effects. Factor-specific productivities are a special case of these more general linear relationships.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 3118.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_3118

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  1. Egger, Peter & Marshall, Kathryn G. & Fisher, Eric O'N., 2011. "Empirical foundations for the resurrection of Heckscher-Ohlin theory," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 20(2), pages 146-156, April.

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