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The Impact of Talent Distribution on Trade


  • Cheng Te Lee

    () (Department of International Trade, Chinese Culture University, Taiwan)


In an equilibrium trade model, we prove that not only the diversity effect but also the kurtosis effect will affect the pattern of comparative advantage. Furthermore, we find that, against the conventional results, if the kurtosis effect dominates the diversity effect then a country with more (less) diversified talent may export the goods produced by supermodular (submodular) technology.

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  • Cheng Te Lee, 2012. "The Impact of Talent Distribution on Trade," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 32(3), pages 2198-2206.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-12-00380

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    1. Spiros Bougheas & Raymond Riezman, 2013. "Trade and the distribution of human capital," World Scientific Book Chapters,in: International Trade Agreements and Political Economy, chapter 20, pages 395-407 World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd..
    2. Franziska Ohnsorge & Daniel Trefler, 2004. "Sorting It Out: International Trade and Protection With Heterogeneous Workers," NBER Working Papers 10959, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    small open economy; talent distribution; trade;

    JEL classification:

    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • D5 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium


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