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Is a skill intensity reversal a mere theoretical curiosum? Evidence from the US and Mexico

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A rising skill premium in two countries can be explained by the Heckscher-Ohlin model assuming a "skill intensity reversal". This assumption, however, poses an empirical challenge since past research has found little evidence for the so-called "factor intensity reversal". We now show clear-cut evidence for the existence of a skill intensity reversal.

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  • Kurokawa, Yoshinori, 2011. "Is a skill intensity reversal a mere theoretical curiosum? Evidence from the US and Mexico," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 112(2), pages 151-154, August.
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    Heckscher-Ohlin model Skill intensity reversal Wage inequality Electronics products;

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    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
    • F11 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Neoclassical Models of Trade
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