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Property rights, mobile capital, and comparative advantage

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Recent papers show that imperfect property rights to a natural resource--a sector-specific factor--can be a source of comparative advantage. in these models, weaker property rights attract labor--the only mobile factor--to the resource sector, increasing the country's comparative advantage for that sector. If capital in addition to labor is mobile, and if the benefits of capital are non-excludable or if the degree of property rights is endogenous, a deterioration of property rights has ambiguous effects on comparative advantage and on the equilibrium wage-rental ratio.
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  • Karp, Larry, 2005. "Property rights, mobile capital, and comparative advantage," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 77(2), pages 367-387, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:deveco:v:77:y:2005:i:2:p:367-387
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    • F02 - International Economics - - General - - - International Economic Order and Integration
    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights

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