Infrastructure, Human Capital and International Trade
AbstractThis paper presents a general equilibrium model of trade and international capital mobility. Its special features are that productive sectors are differentially influenced by the provision of a public intermediate input or "infrastructure" and that there is an endogenous mechanism for converting unskilled into skilled labor. The "hi-tech" sector uses capital and skilled labor and the "traditional" sector uses capital and unskilled labor, which is also used for the public input and final public services. It is shown that a preference for private over public consumption, due either to consumer tastes or public policy, will lead an economy to have a comparative advantage in the "hi-tech" sector, higher wages, and a more skilled labor force.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Columbia University, Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 1995_06.
Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 1995
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- Ronald Findlay, 1995. "Infrastructure, Human Capital and International Trade," Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics (SJES), Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES), vol. 131(III), pages 289-301, September.
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