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Is Mexico a Lumpy Country?

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  • Andrew B. Bernard
  • Raymond Robertson
  • Peter K. Schott

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Courant and Deardorff (1992) show theoretically that an extremely uneven distribution of factors within a country can induce behavior at odds with overall comparative advantage. We demonstrate the importance of this insight for developing countries. We show that Mexican regions exhibit substantial variation in skill abundance, offer significantly different relative factor rewards, and produce disjoint sets of industries. This heterogeneity helps both to undermine Mexico's aggregate labor abundance and to motivate behavior that is more consistent with relative skill abundance.

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  • Andrew B. Bernard & Raymond Robertson & Peter K. Schott, 2010. "Is Mexico a Lumpy Country?," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 18(5), pages 937-950, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:reviec:v:18:y:2010:i:5:p:937-950
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9396.2010.00918.x
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    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials

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