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The Stopler-Samuelson Theorem Faces Congress

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  • Eugene Beaulieu

    (University of Calgary)

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The factor-industry detachment corollary of the Stolper-Samuelson theorem predicts that the economic interests of trade policy are independent of industry and depend only on the type of factor ownership. This paper examines whether congressional voting patterns on trade policy are determined by the factor endowment of the constituency or by its industrial composition. The industry model of trade policy determination is not rejected by the empirical tests while the results for the factor model are ambiguous. This provides evidence that the literature examining congressional voting patterns on broad-based trade policy should re-evaluate the maintained assumption that factors do not matter. Copyright 2002 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Calgary in its series Working Papers with number 1999-01.

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Date of creation: 02 Jan 1999
Date of revision: 02 Jan 1999
Handle: RePEc:clg:wpaper:1999-01

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Cited by:
  1. Magee, Christopher S.P. & Davidson, Carl & Matusz, Steven J., 2005. "Trade, turnover, and tithing," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 66(1), pages 157-176, May.
  2. Baban Hasnat & Charles Callahan, III, 2004. "The Determinants of US Congressional Voting on the Trade and Development Act of 2000," International Journal of Business and Economics, College of Business, and College of Finance, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan, vol. 3(1), pages 35-44, April.
  3. Bruce Blonigen, 2008. "New Evidence on the Formation of Trade Policy Preferences," NBER Working Papers 14627, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  4. Miaojie Yu, 2005. "Impact of U.S. Tariffs on Democratic Vote Share," International Trade 0511001, EconWPA.

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