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Inequality and trade

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  • Devashish Mitra
  • Vitor Trindade

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We incorporate demand-side considerations in trade in a systematic but straightforward way. We do so by focusing on the role of inequality in the determination of trade flows and patterns. With non-homothetic preferences, when countries are similar in all respects but asset inequality, we find that trade is driven by specialization in , not production. Besides, these assumptions allow us to generate some interesting international spillover effects of redistributive policies. Finally, we study a model of monopolistic competition and find a novel V-shaped relationship between the ratio of inter-industry to intra-industry trade and a country's inequality.

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  • Devashish Mitra & Vitor Trindade, 2005. "Inequality and trade," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 38(4), pages 1253-1271, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:38:y:2005:i:4:p:1253-1271
    DOI: 10.1111/j.0008-4085.2005.00324.x
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    • F11 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Neoclassical Models of Trade
    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation

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