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The sufficiency of the 'lens condition' for factor price equalization in the case of two factors

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Factor price equalization (FPE) is a central theme in trade theory, for which Dixit and Norman (1980) establish the necessary and sufficient condition (the FPE condition). Deardorff (1994) provides a more intuitive condition (the lens condition) and establishes its necessity in general, as well as its sufficiency for the case of 2 countries. In this paper, I prove that the lens condition is sufficient for FPE in the case of 2 factors. This theorem has implications for empirical work.
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  • 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.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:inecon:v:53:y:2001:i:2:p:463-474
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    1. Jiandong Ju & Shang-Jin Wei, 2006. "A Solution to Two Paradoxes of International Capital Flows," NBER Working Papers 12668, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Becker, Daniel Thomas & Gundlach, Erich, 2006. "Notes on factor price equality and biased technical change in a two-cone trade model," Thuenen-Series of Applied Economic Theory 68, University of Rostock, Institute of Economics.
    3. Brakman, Steven & van Marrewijk, Charles, 2013. "Lumpy countries, urbanization, and trade," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 89(1), pages 252-261.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    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. Debaere, Peter & Demiroglu, Ufuk, 2003. "On the similarity of country endowments," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 59(1), pages 101-136, January.
    8. 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.

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

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