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Asymmetric Effects of Endowment Changes on Foreign Investment

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This paper explores the asymmetric impact of factor endowment changes on foreign investment source and host countries using a Ricardo-Wilson (multifactor, continuum-of-goods) model where there is a technological basis for trade even if the countries are equivalent in all respects except for capital endowments. It is discovered that host-country capital growth must be immiserizing in the source country provided that the two countries are initially alike in all respects except for capital endowments. While a stringent single-good MacDougall-Kemp restriction suffices to guarantee that source-country labor growth is immiserizing in the host country, initial equivalence between countries is insufficient.

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  • James D. Gaisford, 1991. "Asymmetric Effects of Endowment Changes on Foreign Investment," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 24(4), pages 940-957, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:24:y:1991:i:4:p:940-57
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