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The lens condition for factor price equalization

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  • Demiroglu, Ufuk
  • Koo Yun, Kwan

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Deardorff (1994) provides a condition that is necessary for factor price equalization across countries. That condition is a generalization of "country endowments contained in the diversification cone" from the standard 2x2x2 Hecksher-Ohlin model to the case of many goods, countries and factors. He also shows that this condition is sufficient in the case of two countries, and conjectures that sufficiency might hold in general. In this paper we establish sufficiency in some further cases. However, we show by a counterexample that the sufficiency does not hold in general.
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  • Demiroglu, Ufuk & Koo Yun, Kwan, 1999. "The lens condition for factor price equalization," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 47(2), pages 449-456, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:inecon:v:47:y:1999:i:2:p:449-456
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    1. Deardorff, Alan V., 1994. "The possibility of factor price equalization, revisited," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 36(1-2), pages 167-175, February.
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    1. Brakman, Steven & van Marrewijk, Charles, 2013. "Lumpy countries, urbanization, and trade," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 89(1), pages 252-261.
    2. Xiang, Chong, 2001. "The sufficiency of the 'lens condition' for factor price equalization in the case of two factors," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 53(2), pages 463-474, April.
    3. Kazuyuki Nakamura, 2015. "Computational investigation of the feasibility of factor price equalization," Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences, Springer, vol. 8(2), pages 101-108, July.
    4. Andrew B. Bernard & Raymond Robertson & Peter K. Schott, 2010. "Is Mexico a Lumpy Country?," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 18(5), pages 937-950, November.
    5. Peter Debaere & Ufuk Demiroglu, 2003. "Factor Accumulation Without Diminishing Returns: The Case of East Asia: Technical Paper 2003-11," Working Papers 15113, Congressional Budget Office.
    6. Kwan Koo Yun & Siu-kee Wong, 2001. "The Lens Condition with Two Factors," Discussion Papers 01-08, University at Albany, SUNY, Department of Economics.
    7. Harald Fadinger, 2007. "Development Accounting in a Heckscher-Ohlin World," 2007 Meeting Papers 600, Society for Economic Dynamics.
    8. Debaere, Peter, 2004. "Does lumpiness matter in an open economy?: Studying international economics with regional data," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 64(2), pages 485-501, December.
    9. Eleydiane Maria Gomes Vale & João Mário De Franç, 2014. "Cones De Diversificação E Comércio Exterior: Uma Análise Sobre Diferenças Salariais E Competitividade Industrial No Nordeste E Sudeste Do Brasil," Anais do XLI Encontro Nacional de Economia [Proceedings of the 41th Brazilian Economics Meeting] 109, ANPEC - Associação Nacional dos Centros de Pósgraduação em Economia [Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs in Economics].
    10. Ling Qi, 2010. "Why the Lens Condition Cannot Imply Factor Price Equalization," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 18(4), pages 772-779, September.
    11. Debaere, Peter & Demiroglu, Ufuk, 2003. "On the similarity of country endowments," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 59(1), pages 101-136, January.
    12. Andrew B. Bernard & Raymond Robertson & Peter K. Schott, 2005. "A Note on the Empirical Implementation of the Lens Condition," NBER Working Papers 11448, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    13. Harald Fadinger, 2006. "Development Accounting in a Heckscher-Ohlin World," DEGIT Conference Papers c011_017, DEGIT, Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade.

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    • F11 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Neoclassical Models of Trade
    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General

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