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International Trade, Factor Mobility and Trade Costs

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  • Norman, Victor D
  • Venables, Anthony J.

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We consider a Heckscher-Ohlin model in which goods and factors of production can be traded, but trade involves transactions costs. Goods trade alone will not equalize factor prices, so there is an incentive for trade in factors of production. Whether goods or factors are traded depends on endowments and transactions costs. We characterize equilibria in which there is no trade, there is goods trade only, there is factor trade only, and there is trade in both goods and factors. This generalizes the Heckscher-Ohlin model to explain not only the direction of trade, but also the prior question of how goods and factors are partitioned to tradables and non-tradables.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 766.

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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:766

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Keywords: Factor Mobility; International Trade;

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  1. James Markusen, 2005. "Modeling the Offshoring of White-Collar Services: From Comparative Advantage to the New Theories of Trade and FDI," NBER Working Papers 11827, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. James R. Markusen & Bridget Strand, 2007. "Trade in Business Services in General Equilibrium," NBER Working Papers 12816, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Markusen, James R. & Venables, Anthony J., 2000. "The theory of endowment, intra-industry and multi-national trade," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 52(2), pages 209-234, December.
  4. Simón Sosvilla Rivero & Oscar Bajo Rubio & Carmen Díaz Roldán, . "Sobre la efectividad de la política regional comunitaria: El caso de Castilla-la Mancha," Studies on the Spanish Economy 178, FEDEA.
  5. Fafchamps, Marcel, 1997. "Mobile Capital, Local Externalities, and Industrialization," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 25(3), pages 345-365, December.
  6. Jim Markusen & Anthony Venables, 2005. "A Multi-Country Approach to Factor Proporations Trade and Trade Costs," The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series iiisdp051, IIIS.
  7. Katrin Springer, 2000. "Do We Have to Consider International Capital Mobility in Trade Models?," Kiel Working Papers 964, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  8. Richard B. Freeman, 1995. "Are Your Wages Set in Beijing?," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 9(3), pages 15-32, Summer.
  9. Bhattarai, Keshab & Mallick, Sushanta, 2013. "Impact of China's currency valuation and labour cost on the US in a trade and exchange rate model," The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 25(C), pages 40-59.

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